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Jessica Houston

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Full Spectrum, 2011 Natural Light, Colored Gels Variable
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Full Spectrum, 2011 Natural Light, Colored Gels Variable
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Full Spectrum, 2011 Natural Light, Colored Gels Variable
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Full Spectrum, 2011 Natural Light, Colored Gels Variable
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Full Spectrum, 2011 Natural Light, Colored Gels Variable
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Full Spectrum, 2011 Natural Light, Colored Gels Variable
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I Colori di Coriglano, orange light, August 2010 Installation Variable © Jessica Houston
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I Colori di Corigliano, Castle Facade, 2010 Color & Sound Installation Variable
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I Colori di Corigliano, Castle Tower, 2010 Color & Sound Installation Variable © jessica houston
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I Colori di Corigliano, Turquoise Influence, 2010 Color & Sound Installation Variable © jessica houston
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I Colori Di Corigliano, 2010 Installation Variable © Jessica Houston
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I Colori Di Corigliano, 2010 Installation Variable © Jessica Houston
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Influence, NJ MOCA Installation, 2010 Color & Sound Installation Variable © jessica houston
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Influence (ocean view detail), 2010 Color & Sound Installation Variable © jessica houston
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Influence, 2010 Color & Sound Installation Variable © jessica houston
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Influence (exterior view of Asbury Park Convention Hall), 2010 Color & Sound Installation Variable © jessica houston
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Travelling Light, Albany Airport Installation, 2015 Natural Light, Colored Vinyls Variable
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Travelling Light, Albany Airport Installation, 2015 Natural Light, Colored Vinyls Variable
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Travelling Light, Albany Airport Installation, 2015 Natural Light, Colored Vinyls Variable
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Travelling Light, Albany Airport Installation, 2015 Natural Light, Colored Vinyls Variable
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Afterward, Silence, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42" © Jessica Houston
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Crossing The Line, 2015
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Perceptible Changes Over Time, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42 Inches © Jessica Houston
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Different Histories, Different Geographies, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42 Inches © Jessica Houston
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The Left Hand Points Toward Home, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42 Inches © Jessica Houston
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The Place of Many Fish, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42 Inches © Jessica Houston
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It's A Complex System, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42 Inches © Jessica Houston
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Mean Weather, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42 Inches © Jessica Houston
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Color Walks, 2014 Performance/installation Variable © Jessica Houston
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Solarhringur, 2010 Time Laspe Video (still) 12 Min © Jessica Houston
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Entanglement, 2014 Collage 9 X 12" © Jessica Houston
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Traveling Light, 2014-2016 Colored Gels, Natural Light Variable © Jessica Houston
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Crossing The Line, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42 © Jessica Houston
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The Left Hand Points Toward Home, 2015 Archival Print 28 X 42 © Jessica Houston
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Traveling Light, 2014-2016 Installation Variable © Jessica Houston
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago
Birth year
1970
Lives in
Montréal
Works in
New York, Montréal
Tags
installation
Statement

Jessica Houston holds an MA from Columbia University. She has travelled to the Arctic on numerous occasions, including as an invited artist aboard a Cape Farewell voyage. 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 Mûr Gallery, (Montrèal, QC), 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 The Albers Foundation in Bethany, CT; 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 teaches at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she has lectured at Columbia University; Concordia University; Ontario College of Art & Design University; Montréal Museum of Fine Arts; and The Art Institute of Florence, Italy.

Jessica Houston’s multi media works concern perception, ecology and time. With minimal means, she quietly challenges modern myths glorifying technology and progress. The way the viewer sees the piece—through a tinted window, an architectural intervention, or a reflected color—is integral to her practice. Her works are intrinsically connected to their environment; they grow out of deeper questions about sustainable engagement with the natural world. Creative analysis of latent forces—physics of light and color, the movement of the sun—allows prolonged perceptual engagement with something that unfolds slowly, in real time.

Houston uses color to point to the physiological and the psychological aspects of perception; color lies at the boundary of what we (think) we see and what we remember. In this way, color serves as a breath gap, a way to encounter something differently. Through the juxtaposition of dichotomies—abstraction and representation, nature and culture, right side up/upside down—the work points to the relationship between things, and the spaces in between.