Jessica Houston has an MA from Columbia University. She was an invited artist aboard an Arctic voyage sponsored by Cape Farewell. She has created site-specific works for the New Jersey MOCA, Asbury Park, New Jersey; the Castello di Corigliano, Puglia, Italy; Governors Island, NY, NY and The Albany Airport, Albany, NY. Select exhibitions & projects include Art in Odd Places (NY, NY), International Polar Year Conference (Oslo, Norway), The Painting Center (NY, NY), Printed Matter (NY, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit, MI), Arts House (Melbourne, Australia) and Chiesa di San Lorenzo (Florence, Italy). She has been awarded residencies at NES in Skagaströnd, Iceland; at the CAMAC Centre of Art, Science and Technology in France; and with Rosenclaire in Italy. She was nominated for a Rema Hort Mann Grant. She lectures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she has lectured at Columbia University; Concordia University; OCAD University; and The Art Institute of Florence, Italy.
She uses color, light, and sound to explore questions of perception; her practice incorporates site-specific installation, video, drawing, and painting. Often casting the relationship between light and architecture in high relief, the work directly instigates viewer’s shifting perspectives, and points to the subjective experience of space. The paintings and drawings play with questions of dimensionality. Through cut-outs, reflections and shadows, the walls themselves are implicit in the work. Pictorial and architectural worlds are in dialogue as these sequences of spaces reverberate. While she employs aesthetic strategies culled from Geometric Abstraction and Minimalism, she subverts these abstractions by making ephemeral experiences with unassuming materials that quietly challenge modern myths glorifying technology and progress.