Fascinated by the role of memory, American artist John Houck conjures illusionistic works that note the passage of time through their many layers or folds.
Often relying upon photograph to convey a sense of realism in his compositions, Houck brings together various elements in his scenes as a metaphorical diagram of the human mind and the memory creation process. That which is visible and invisible in his creations is intended to parallel the ways in which our own memories become steeped in all that surrounds them and thus can shift over time.
Born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, on a Lakota Native American reservation, Houck earned his BA in Architecture from Colorado University and then completed his MFA at the University of California – Los Angeles in 2008. His recent solo exhibitions include those at the Johan Berggren Gallery in Malmö, Sweden (2015) and Boesky West in Aspen, Colorado (2017). His works are also part of the permanent collections of prestigious museums, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.