Galleria Patricia Armocida - Milano
JIM HOUSER, A POSITION ON A MAP

Inaugurazione 21 Gennaio 2014 ore 19.00 / Opening January 21st 2014 h.7 pm
fino al 18 Aprile 2014 / until April 18th 2014
JIM HOUSER, A POSITION ON A MAP
JIM HOUSER- A POSITION ON A MAP - January 21 -April 18, 2014


La Galleria Patricia Armocida è lieta di presentare la seconda mostra personale di Jim Houser, dal titolo "A Position on a Map", inaugurazione martedì 21 Gennaio 2014, ore 19.00.

 

L'artista torna dopo quattro anni dalla precedente mostra con venti lavori di medie e grandi dimensioni e due installazioni site-specific.


I lavori di Jim Houser  sono microcosmi narrativi nei quali l'artista registra compulsivamente, momenti, attimi, ricordi della sua vita, come in un processo di autoanalisi, traducendoli catarticamente in poesia visiva  con un linguaggio pittorico unico e distintivo. 

La catalogazione delle sue esperienze ed emozioni genera un vocabolario di immagini che ci conduce nella sua privata iconografia terapeutica. 

 

L'estetica di Jim Houser unisce figure stilizzate, caratteri tipografici disegnati a mano, parole fonosimboliche, sensazioni visive e forme geometriche, creando collages che ricordano coperte patchwork con una palette di colori coesiva.

Houser sovrappone strati di acrilico, stoffa, carta e oggetti trovati su legno, sfumando i confini tra collage e scultura. 

Questa sorprendente qualità dimensionale è ulteriormente evidenziata quando le opere sono assemblate in una delle elaborate installazioni dell'artista; in questo modo la complessità di ogni singolo pezzo viene enfatizzata dall'interconnetività del corpo dei lavori come tutt' uno.

 

Una volta riuniti, diventa chiaro che tutti i suoi lavori sono associativi e direttamente collegati l'un l'altro come un sistema di mappatura. Nello stesso modo in cui una posizione segnata su una mappa corrisponde a un luogo fisico reale le sue opere rispecchiano eventi, luoghi  o affetti della sua vita, marcando la sua posizione nel mondo.


Biografia


Jim Houser è nato nel 1973 a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, città dove vive e lavora. È uno dei membri fondatori del collettivo d'artisti Space 1026 di Philadelphia. Le sue opere e installazioni sono state esposte in musei come il Laguna Art Museum e il Philadelphia Museum of Art e in gallerie a New York, Los Angeles, Milano, Parigi, Sydney e San Paolo. Il suo lavoro è incluso nelle collezione permanente del Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tra le mostre personal ricordiamo: Search Party, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 2013; As Quiet As Its Kept, Lebasse Projects, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2012; The Homebody, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2010; Make Room For The Emptiness, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 2009; The Tip of the Sword, Galeria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy, 2009; Created by Moonlight, Colette Galerie, Paris, France, 2008; This Beating Heart Acts as a Timer, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, U.S.A., 2007; This Place is Ours Now, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2006; Babel, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, U.S.A, 2005; systemsanderrors, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 2005; Jim Houser, Space 1026, Philadelphia, U.S.A., 1998.

Tra le recenti mostre collettive ricordiamo: Fairey, Hecox, and Houser, with Shepard Fairey and Evan Hecox, Black Book Gallery, Denver U.S.A., 2011; Americana. Four person show with Adam Wallacavage, Doze Green, and Tara McPherson, Choque Cultural Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil, 2009; In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum. Laguna Beach, U.S.A. 2009; Weʼll Make a Lover of You, ArtCenter of South Florida. Miami, U.S.A., 2006.

PRESS RELEASE


Galleria Patricia Armocida is proud to present “A Position on a Map”, the second solo exhibition by Jim Houser, opening on Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

 

Fours years after his last exhibition at the gallery, the artist returns with twenty medium and large-scale works and two site-specific installations.


Jim Houser’s works are narrative microcosms in which he compulsively presents moments, instants, memories from his life as if it were a self-examination process, cathartically translating them into visual poetry with a pictorial, unique, and distinctive language. 


By cataloging his experiences and emotions, the artist creates his own vocabulary of images that guides us through his personal curative iconography. 


Jim Houser’s aesthetic combines stylized figures, hand-drawn typography, sound-symbolic words, visual sensations, and geometric shapes, creating quilt-like collages in a cohesive color palette. 


Houser layers acrylic on wood, fabric and found objects, blurring the lines between collage and sculpture. 

This deceptively dimensional quality is further highlighted when the pieces are assembled into one of the artist’s elaborate installations, adding to the complexity of each individual piece by emphasizing a greater inter-connectivity to the body of work as a whole.


Once combined, it becomes clear that all of his works are associative and directly related, connected to each other as if part of a mapping system. And so, much like a position on a map corresponds to an actual physical location, his works mirror events, places, or attachments in his life, thus marking his position in the world. 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY


Jim Houser was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where he currently resides. He is a self-taught artist and an member of the Philly-based artist collective Space1026. Houserʼs collages, paintings and installations have been exhibited extensively in institutions such as the Laguna Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as galleries in Milan, Paris, Sydney and São Paulo. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Some more noteworthy exhibitions: Search Party, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 2013; As Quiet As Its Kept, Lebasse Projects, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2012; The Homebody, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2010; Make Room For The Emptiness, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 2009; The Tip of the Sword, Galeria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy, 2009; Created by Moonlight, Colette Galerie, Paris, France, 2008; This Beating Heart Acts as a Timer, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, U.S.A., 2007; This Place is Ours Now, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2006; Babel, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, U.S.A, 2005; systemsanderrors, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 2005; Jim Houser, Space 1026, Philadelphia, U.S.A., 1998.

Selected group exhibitions: Fairey, Hecox, and Houser, with Shepard Fairey and Evan Hecox, Black Book Gallery, Denver U.S.A., 2011; Americana. Four person show with Adam Wallacavage, Doze Green, and Tara McPherson, Choque Cultural Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil, 2009; In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum. Laguna Beach, U.S.A. 2009; Weʼll Make a Lover of You, ArtCenter of South Florida. Miami, U.S.A., 2006. 

                                           
Coordinate della mostra
Artista: JIM HOUSER (presente all'inaugurazione)
Titolo: A POSITION ON A MAP
Date: January 21 - April 18, 2014
Inaugurazione: Opening on Tuesday January 21, 2014 h 7pm
Presso: Galleria Patricia Armocida, via Lattanzio n°77 Milano
Orario: dal martedì al sabato, 11.30-13.00 / 15.30-19.00
Ingresso: Free Entry
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