John Houck

Artist lecture Wednesday, September 14, 2016 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., San Francisco, CA 94107

Los Angeles-based artist John Houck explores human perception and memory using both analog to digital technologies. By simultaneously resisting and embracing technology, Houck exploits the ambiguity between the artist’s hand and his digital tools, engaging viewers to grapple with what exactly they are looking at. His background in architecture informs his manipulation of space through the photographing and successive re-photographing of objects. Through Houck’s process of re-photographing, he “complicates the image” until he reaches a final composition and refers to the result as “a photograph of itself,” forcing a collapse of spatial and temporal relationships within a single image. 

In his most recent work, Houck rigorously arranges and photographs keepsakes given to him by his parents. Subsequent iterations of re-arrangement and re-photography create spatially layered images that evoke the complexity and malleable nature of memory, and show how objects laden with personal histories can drive the imagination and inspire new narratives. Houck refers to these images as “aggregate photographs,” emblems of the manner in which imagination and recollection alter and distort our views of our past lives.

Houck received his MFA from UCLA in 2007 and his BA in Architecture from Colorado University in 2000. He participated in the Whitney Independent Study (2010) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008) programs. Houck’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He will have a solo exhibition at The Dallas Contemporary Museum in 2017.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.