ZieherSmith is currently hosting an exhibition of whimsical paintings and sculpture by Paul Housley. The work was created during a three month residency in New York City. “Mudpusher Blues” is his first solo show with the gallery.
Paul Housley, My Difficult Jazzhead, oil on canvas, 2012.
The heavily textured surfaces immediately demand that the viewer understand that they have happened upon painting in the modernist sense. All the power of the dynamic struggle that enlivened the era is present in these pieces. Light, form and color have collided repeatedly leaving the tastiest morsels for the visual appetite. The works have been set beautifully into box frames that present the wonderful buildup that weathers each edge.
Paul Housley, Big Mudpusher, oil on canvas, 2012.
Housley is on record as claiming that each of his paintings are just a part of one large work. He also believes the characters that he depicts are all self portraits. It is a brilliant premise, one that is difficult to argue against. Nearly all artists can see themselves in their creations. We each get to know our own faces pretty well; it is natural to have the majority of figurative perception be biased by the gaze in the mirror. These pieces do not wallow in vanity for their producer is master and slave in this world.
Paul Housley, Snoopwoody, oil on canvas, 2012.
22 March – 21 April 2012
Images courtesy of ZieherSmith.