On View

‘John Houck: A History of Graph Paper’ at On Stellar Rays

'Stamp -X, Stamp -Y,' 2013. (Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays)

John Houck shoots rigorously simple photographs. And then, with the kind of creative technical ultra Montanism that photography itself once provoked in painting, he prints them, repositions them as backdrops to the objects they already picture and shoots them again. The result is a Cubist view of time in which shadows are cast and connections are severed in strict linear sequence but the present is always flat. And even that linearity of construction is deceptive: Because the photos in the show all revolve around childhood objects that the artist’s parents kept aside for him and only recently returned, we can see the elastically cyclical time contained in objects themselves, particularly now that mass production and mechanical reproduction have dissolved the boundary between the physical world and the meaning we assign it. Read More

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On Stellar Rays Now Represents John Houck

Houk's 'Untitled #111, 262,143 combinations of a 3×3 grid, 4 colors' (2012), creased archival pigment print, 60 by 40 inches. (Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays)

Lower East Side mainstay On Stellar Rays announced today that it will represent artist John Houck, and present a one-person show with him next year. Mr. Houck’s perhaps best known for intricate—and really very beautiful—abstract photographs that he makes by repeatedly rephotographing contact sheets. He prints these with grids of color generated by a software program of his own design, and then creases them in various ways. Read More