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Marianne Boesky Gallery

Holding Environment

  • John Houck
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Press for Holding Environment

Current Exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery


Recent Work

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: May. 31, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Homesick

  • Andisheh Avini,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Staging Silence (3)

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pure, Very, New

  • Paul Stephen Benjamin,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Holding Environment

  • John Houck
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crescendo

  • Svenja Deininger,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

sometimes we circle the sun

  • Dashiell Manley,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Embedment

  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The White Wolf

  • Sue de Beer,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Girl

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

More Than Words

  • Julia Dault,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frontier Ballads

  • Barnaby Furnas,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chapter

  • Claudia Wieser,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Personal Effects in BLACK

  • Serge Alain Nitegeka,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The People’s Cries

  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arches

  • Dean Levin,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Falcon’s Fortress

  • Diana Al-Hadid,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Another Look At Detroit: Parts 1 & 2, Curated by Todd Levin

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Stella Sculptures

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Something Beautiful, Curated by Nicolas Wagner & Khary Simon of CRUSHfanzine

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Material Image, Curated by Debra Singer

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Denuded Lens

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

IMAGE AND MATTER IN JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1970S, CURATED BY YUMIKO CHIBA

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hannah Van Bart

  • Hannah Van Bart,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception: May. 03, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uncanny Valley

  • Adam Helms,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 05, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crunchy

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mimetic Pleasures

  • Melissa Gordon,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 09, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

a different sort of gravity

  • Matthias Bitzer,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

whatever, a vibrant holiday

  • Dashiell Manley,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Murmurs

  • Dorothea Tanning,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 27, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

First Morning

  • Barnaby Furnas,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Third Person

  • Jibade-Khalil Huffman,
  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 08, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Beverly Hills John

  • John Waters,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plaster Positives and Etched Plasters

  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Nov. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Towns

  • Björn Braun,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Any Fallow Field

  • Donald Moffett,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 15, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Blue Lenses

  • Sue de Beer,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Maker's Mark

  • Julia Dault,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

There and After All

  • Robert Elfgen,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 26, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

let's get dizzy

  • Yuichi Higashionna,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Drawing Room

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

No Vacancies

  • Miyoko Ito,
  • Phillip King,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Lisa Williamson,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ordering Nature

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Weird Science

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jacco Olivier

  • Jacco Olivier,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Long, Narrow Mark

  • Dean Levin,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Do Choose

  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Talk With The Spirits

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Jay Heikes,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Talk With The Spirits

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Jay Heikes,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We All Live Under the Same Old Flag

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Untitled / Head

  • Svenja Deininger,
  • Opens: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Andisheh Avini,
  • Opens: Sep. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

OCT. PM.

  • Kon Trubkovich,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Floss

  • Pino Pascali,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Colour & Form in BLACK

  • Serge Alain Nitegeka,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

AND I SAY

  • Pier Paolo Calzolari,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Protectors

  • William J. O’Brien,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Smudge Waves Back

  • Hannah Van Bart,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The First Green

  • Thiago Rocha Pitta,
  • Opens: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Golden State - Curated by Drew Sawyer

  • John Divola,
  • Buck Ellison,
  • Christina Fernandez,
  • Anthony Hernandez,
  • Catherine Opie,
  • Larry Sultan,
  • Dorothea Lange,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Keep Out

  • Jay Heikes,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Stella

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cells

  • Matthias Bitzer,
  • Jackie Brookner,
  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Jennie C. Jones,
  • Nancy Lupo,
  • Jorge Pardo,
  • Cosima von Bonin,
  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • The Haas Brothers,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selah

  • Sanford Biggers,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Oct 25 - Dec 22, 2018

  • Reception: Oct 25, 6 - 8pm

Where

Marianne Boesky Gallery

  • 507 West 24th Street, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.680.9889

About

"How memory conspires with objects of human craft, pressing time flat, inciting a tender reminiscence."
– author Don DeLillo, Underworld

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Holding Environment, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist John Houck that highlights the artist’s deepening engagement with the expressive effects and conceptual possibilities of painterly gesture within his photography practice. Inspired by Houck’s temporary relocation to Portland, OR, in 2018, and his time spent living near family there for the first time since his formative years, the exhibition presents the artist’s explorations of memory, identity, and relational psychology. The exhibition will be on view from October 25 through December 22, 2018 at the gallery’s 507 W. 24th Street location. Holding Environment is the artist’s first presentation with the gallery in New York, following a solo exhibition at Boesky West, Aspen, CO, in summer 2017.

Houck’s practice is distinguished by a deconstruction of accepted formal and conceptual boundaries. His intricate compositions hold both the profusion of detail inherent to photography and the fluidity and playfulness of painterly gesture. In this way, his works neither portray reality nor constitute fiction, but rather live in a liminal space where the object and form are defined by experience and personal understanding—much in the way that our memories can distort truth. Houck achieves this sensation through a process of re-photographing, in which he captures an object along with its image—sometimes many times over—introducing a multitude of perspectives and confusing the contours of the original. The effect is further accentuated by Houck’s introduction of painting within the cycle, adding an interpretative and emotive layer to the feedback loop of his photographic process.

This experience is particularly heightened in Houck’s newest prints, as his engagement and use of painterly gesture becomes more incisive—intensifying both the optical and conceptual depth of his work. In some instances, Houck adds entirely new compositional elements in paint alone, and in others, he paints over fragments of photographs with marks that imply the layers of painting beneath the surface of the photograph. By further fusing the formal vocabularies and qualities of these two media into a single inextricable whole, Houck captures not only a moment or memory, but the mutability of each in the face of experience, perspective, and the passage of time. While Houck has always been interested in photography as a means of conjuring the past, his expansion into painting goes beyond both the monocular vision of the camera lens and the singular moment inherent in traditional photography.

This effect feels particularly poignant in Houck’s Unstable Figure (2018), which will be featured in the upcoming exhibition. Here, Houck paints two identical bicycle handlebars, but renders the hands holding each from different perspectives, creating a dislocation of space in the overall composition. The work references Houck’s memories of time spent with his father and speaks to the childhood struggle of meeting familial expectations while also developing an independent identity—and conversely, the duality that can exist between the responsibilities of parenthood and the desire the maintain a sense of individuality. The instability of the image—created through the dynamic visual relationships between photo and paint—marks the collision of these conflicting experiences and the multiple remembrances of a single moment.

The underlying conceptual thread is also a manifestation of Houck’s ongoing engagement with relational psychoanalysis—which focuses on the psychological importance of internalized relationships with other people. Many of Houck’s prior works have depicted mementos from his past, dug up from his childhood and given—or re-given—to him by his parents. Most recently, Houck has become attuned to the psychological theory of the "holding environment," which refers to the establishment of a supportive space. Likened to the nurturing behavior of parents toward their children, the idea has resulted in the creation of work that feels both deeply intimate and universally relatable. This exploration has been fueled by the birth of Houck’s first child, and his temporary move to Portland to be nearer family, bringing to the fore in his work a renewed investigation of memory and identity and concurrently spurring a new stage in his formal experimentation as he explores and plays with these personal reflections.


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