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04.11.2009, 7PM
Until 02-12-2009
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solo show "ODE"
2009
installation view

solo show "ODE"
2009
installation view

solo show "ODE"
2009
installation view

solo show "ODE"
2009
installation view

solo show "ODE"
2009
installation view

Milan (Sitting Figure)
2009
Tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar, graphite
154 x 124 x 106 cm

Bronze Portrait (Midnight Mask)
2009
bronze, California redwood
165 x 40 x 40 cm

Reclining Figure/Skull Figure
2009
Tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar, wood, graphite, charcoal
223 x 150 x 241 cm

Bronze Figure (Beginning)
2009
bronze
228 x 142 x 101 cm

Striding Figure (Study 2009)
2009
Tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar
193 x 73 x 88 cm

Bearded Man
2009
Tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar, wood
186 x 92 x 77 cm

ZERO… is pleased to present the first solo show of Thomas Houseago in Italy. For his first project for the gallery, Houseago presents a series of large works in plaster, wood and bronze, especially made for the spaces of the former railway warehouses of Porta Genova, a monumental and fascinating example of industrial architecture.

The works of Thomas Houseago have a direct relationship with the sculptural tradition, in an ongoing dialogue and comparison concerning the kind and use of materials, and especially with the study of the representation of the human figure, the main subject of the artist's production.

The use of so-called traditional materials is however characterized by a free and unconventional approach, an intentionally anticlassical manner, and by a practice in which the parameters of sculpture are often overturned and questioned. This reassessment is for example witnessed in the traces of the production process, deliberately left visible, or in the overturning of an element like the pedestal, that is transformed from a simple installation device into an integral and significant part of the work. In the same way, in the representation of bodies, heads and masks, the anatomy is fragmented and deconstructed. Also the constant resorting to the monumental dimension, typical of tradition, is amplified, becoming the hallmark of Houseago's work. Nonetheless, his figures, with their grandeur, are charged with an intrinsic structural and emotional fragility at the same time, remaining poised between strength and instability.

 


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