John Houck



2010      Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, NY
2008      Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2007      MFA, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2000      BA, Architecture, CU, Boulder, CO


Solo Exhibitions

2017      Tenth Mountain, Boesky West, Aspen, CO
2017      The Anthologist, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
2016      Playing and Reality, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY
2015      New Weather, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö, Sweden
2013      A History of Graph Paper, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY [catalog]
2013      ij, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
2012      To Understand Photography You Must First Understand Photography, Kansas Gallery, New York, NY
2012      Recursion, Bill Brady/KC, Kansas City, MO
2011      Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN


Group Exhibitions

2017      Analog Currency, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA
2017      Cross Currents, COMA Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2017      How to be being, Super Dakota, Brussels, Belgium
2017      Four Person Summer Group Show, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
2017      By the River, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2016      New Builds, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK
2016      Public, Private, Secret, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2016      Omul Negru, Galeria Nicodim, Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest, Romania


2015      Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2015      Passing Leap, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY
2015      Theories on Forgetting, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015      Repetition and Difference, curated by Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
2015      Kill All Zombies, Property Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015      Part Picture, curated by Chris Wiley, MoCCA, Toronto, ON
2015      Camera of Wonders, curated by Jens Hoffman, Kadist Art Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico
2015      Painting the Sky Blue, Stefan Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2015      Mending Wall, curated by Alexis Rose, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA
2015      Speed Space, curated by Alexandra Gaty, Tif Sigfrids, Los Angeles, CA
2015      Linear Abstraction, SCAD, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
2015      In Reverse Order, curated by Brian Rochefort, The Cabin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2014      Fixed Variable, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY
2014      Horror vacui, curated by Aaron Moulton, Gagosian Gallery Geneva / Gagosian Gallery Athens
2014      Halftone: Through the Grid, Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin, Germany / Galerie Max Hetzler Paris, France
2014      The Actual, Eleven Rivington, New York, NY
2014      Me and Bejamin, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
2014      The Material Image, curated by Debra Singer, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2014      Eternal Om, Metro pcs, Los Angeles, CA
2014      Murmurs: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2014      California Dreamin’: Thrity Years of Collecting, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA


2013      Merge Visible, Horton Gallery, New York, NY
2013      Fearful Symmetry, curated by Zoe Stillpass, Balice Hertling, New York, NY
2013      Building Materials, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
2013      Still Life Picture Plane, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2013      Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities, Department of Light Recordings, Section IV: Lens Drawings, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France [catalog]
2013      Decenter, curated by Andrianna Campbell and Daniel S. Palmer, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY / The George Washington University Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Washington, DC


2012      Building Material, curated by Lucas Blalock, Control Room, Los Angeles, CA
2012      Photogenus, DAAP Galleries, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2012      Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, Higher Pictures, New York, NY
2012      The Crystal Chain, Invisible Exports, New York, NY
2012      Photography Is, Higher Pictures, New York, NY
2012      New Photography in Palma, Mallorca Landings, Mallorca, Spain
2012      Towards A Warm Math, curated by Chris Wiley, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY
2012      Dualities, Omissions, Loops, and Ruptures, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
2012      OPTOTYPE, A show of Skowhegan Alumni, 92YTribeca, New York, NY
2012      Moves Thinks Repeats Pauses, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL


2011      Productive Steps, Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper, NY
2011      Leads to Another, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
2011      Through The Warp, Regina Rex Gallery, Queens, NY
2011      REVERSEVENT, Los Angeles, CA


2010      Whitney Independent Study Program, Art In General, New York, NY
2010      RIPTIDE, The Kitchen, New York, NY


Selected Bibliography

2016      9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week. ARTNews (April 4, 2016) [online] [ill.]
2016      Cut and paste and snap: the new collage photography – in pictures. The Guardian (January 19, 2016) [online] [ill.]
2016      Pogrebin, Robin. On Stellar Rays Expands Its Lower East Side Universe. New York Times (February 4, 2016) [online] [ill.]
2016      Woodward, Richard B. Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 Review. Wall Street Journal (January 13, 2016)


2015      Houck's Progress. Art in America (November 2015)
2015      Repetition and Difference. The New Yorker (March 18, 2015) [online]
2015      Bergman, Jeff. 128 – John Houck. Atlas (July 24, 2015) [online]
2015      Cotter, Holland. Roots of Conceptual Art, Caught by a Camera's Eye. New York Times (December 3, 2015)
2015      Everett, Daniel. In Conversation: Daniel Everett and John Houck. Paper Journal (February 1, 2015) [online] [ill.]
2015      Gelt, Jessica. Artists turn Mama Shelter hotel ceiling into pop art salute to Mom. Los Angeles Times (May 31, 2015) [online]
2015      Miranda, Carolina A. Arts & Entertainment: Datebook. Los Angeles Times (February 12, 2015)


2014      Colucci, Emily.What is an Aggregate Photograph? M Daily (February 7, 2014)[online][ill.]
2014      Newbury, Susanna. Superfluous Things: John Houck and David Gilbert. X-TRA (Spring 2014)[ill.]
2013      Agenda John Houck: ij. Mousse Magazine (December 2013)[ill.]
2013      Exhibitions The Lookout: John Houck. Art in America (October 24, 2013)[online][ill.] 2013      "Goings on About Town: Art 'John Houck'." The New Yorker (September 20, 2013)
2013      "Ins + Outs: Gallery Haps." Modern Painters (February 2013)
2013      "John Houck: A History of Graph Paper." ArtObserved (October 9, 2013) ) [online][ill.]
2013      Haber, John. "The Axis of Time." The New York Photo Review (September 22, 2013)[online][ill.]
2013      Heinrich, Will. "'John Houck: A History of Graph Paper' at On Stellar Rays." New York Observer-GalleristNY (September 9, 2013)[online][ill.]
2013      Rosenberg, Karen. "John Houck: 'A History of Graph Paper'." The New York Times (October 3, 2013) [ill.]
2013      Schultz, Charlie. "Fall Preview: Photography in New York City." (September 10, 2013) [online][ill.]
2013      Vogel, Wendy. "Decenter." Artforum (April 1, 2013)[online]


2012      "Goings On About Town: Art 'John Houck'." The New Yorker (July 26, 2012)
2012      "Goings On About Town: Art 'Photography Is.'" The New Yorker (May 9, 2012) [ill.]
2012      "Showing: 'Dualities, Omissions, Loops, and Ruptures' @Luis De Jesus Gallery." Arrested Motion (March 20, 2012) [online][ill.]
2012      Halperin, Julia. "NADA Report: Young Talent and Savvy Collectors Keep the Cool Fair Ticking Over." Blouin ARTINFO (December 6, 2012) [online]
2012      Heinrich, Will. "Going off the Grid: 'Towards a Warm Math' at On Stellar Rays." New York Observer (May 22, 2012)[online]
2012      Houck, John. "Pine Ridge: An Interview with Jim Houck." Highlights (June 29, 2012)
2012      Howard, Christopher. "John Houck." Artforum (July 27, 2012) [online][ill.]
2012      Laluyan, Oscar. "The Not So Cold Calculated Works of Art." Arte Fuse (April 30, 2012)[online]
2012      Lustfeldt, Heather. "John Houck creates lively illusions with graphs, symbols and printing." The Kansas City Star (July 25, 2012) [online][ill.]
2012      Russeth, Andrew. "On Stellar Rays Now Representing John Houck." New York Observer (November 14, 2012) [online][ill.]
2012      Steinhauer, Jillian. "Can an Art Fair Ever Be More Than an Art Fair?" Hyperallergic (December 7, 2012) [online][ill.]


2011      Blalock, Lucas. "A Conversation with John Houck." Layflat (December 1, 2011)[online][ill.]
2011      Hiemstra, Graham. "Through The Warp: Exhibitions of textile-inspired work bends perception." Cool Hunting (June 8, 2011)[online][ill.]
2011      Porter, Matthew. "Indeterminate Scale." Triple Canopy (August 19, 2011)[online][ill.]
2011      Sher, Abby. "John Houck." Abe's Penny. Volume 3.11 (March 2011)


2009      "Shifter 15: Will 'Sindology Study.'" Shifter Magazine (November 2009) [ill.]


2008      ZYZZYVA, Fall, #83 (San Francisco, CA)


Artists Books / Catalogs

2015      Cotton, Charlotte. Photography is Magic, Aperture Foundation.


2014      Bournakoff, Nicolas. Halftone: Through the Grid, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris


2013      John Houck, Aggregates 2012-2013, A History of Graph Paper 2013. Texts by Lucas Blalock, Joanna Fiduccia, and John Houck. Artist's book. Los Angeles, CA.
2013      Hoffmann, Jens. Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities: Lens Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France


2012      Lodret A3, Number 2, fold-out poster
2012      Three Hours Photographing the Same Page, Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship (New York, NY)


2011      Abe's Penny
2011      LODRET, fold-out poster
2011      No Layout, 3 exclusive Digital Guides to Photography, 2, 3 and 11
2011      PARALLELOGRAMS, web project


2008      ZYZZYVA, Fall, #83 (San Francisco, CA) 148


Fellowships / Grants

2011      Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


2008      National Endowment for the Arts, Anderson Ranch Residency


2007      UCLA Arts Forum Grant



The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA