Saturday, January 26, 2013
Artist Jason Houchen at Las Manos Gallery
Illinois-based Artist Jason Houchen is influenced by classical folk art, street,
and a burgeoning pop surrealism art scene. Through his wood burnings,
sculptures, mixed media and paintings he has developed a style that coalesce
his Midwest influences with these newly found worlds. Described as being full
of life and death, spirits and spirituality, history, as well as memories, his
work provokes more questions than answers.
Houchen's series titled "Adornment" features historical figures
that boast extensive facial hair configurations.
Matching animals with similar extraordinary adornments
creates an amusing comparison to past aesthetic
trends. Houchen uses cigar bands to add to the sense of
history and prestige.