With Jim Houser's upcoming solo show "NIGHT GOT QUIET - NOT QUITE LIGHT" at FFDG opening on Friday, July 11th, we thought we should catch up with him and provide a little insight into his thinking and what his newest works are all about.
Jim Houser was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where he currently resides. He is a self-taught artist and an honorary member of the Philly-based artist collective Space1026. His work explores the cadence of speech, science and science fiction, sickness and disease, plants and animals, time travel, ghosts , the art of children and the gravity of fatherhood, codes and code breaking, music and music making.
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I love your color palette. How did you get to your colors? Do they hold any significant meaning to you or just feel/ look right to you or what?
I always say the two main things I draw from are blood and the sea. There are a lot of allusions and direct references to both in my work. Red and blue in opposition.
As far as how I arrived at the palette, it just sort of evolved that way. I used to use a lot more color, but I began to want every painting to harmonize when I installed. So, I began paring things down over the years to where I am at now. My black has red in it, my white has blue in it.
What's new in Philadelphia these days?
Not a whole lot. It's a pretty static place. I love it for that reason. Things that move too fast or change too quickly can upset me. I like routine. It’s getting insufferably hot already, in only June… Does that count?