Artbeat - Andrew Houston

Artbeat - Andrew Houston

Q&A with the artist and curator of a group exhibition exploring sexual identities as part of Glasgay!

What was the first exhibition you went to see?
The first exhibition I went to see, or at least can clearly remember, was the permanent collection of Lucian Freud paintings at Chatsworth house in Cheshire when I was 13. At this point I was still very much obsessed with the ideal of a painter, and Lucian Freud's work was for me a painting mecca.

What was your first paid job as an artist?
My first paid piece of work as an artist was a commission during art school, but my first after graduating, when I had found my multidisciplinary feet was as a performer in the Salon Project at the Traverse theatre.

What kind of music do you listen to while you’re working?
It varies. More often than not I will listen to Bjork, or the Eurythmics. Bjork for contemplative work, and the Eurythmics when I'm churning out work - Annie seems to bring out my efficient side.

What are the best things about opening nights?
The best things about opening nights happen in layers. At first it is the relief that everything came together. Then the excitement at people viewing the work, and then receiving the feedback and putting it into context. The party after is a plus as well.

Do you read reviews of your work?
Yes, always. I think that criticism is really important, not to get weighted down with other people's opinions, but so you can take the criticism and develop. Any opinion is useful.

Which living artist should be better known than they currently are?
There are many. Two spring to mind. There is a video artist called Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, who made a piece called I am a boy band. His work is incredibly intelligent and very subtly humorous.

What has been your career highlight to date?
I don't have one specific highlight, as the opportunities I've been given have been exciting individually, but showing at Arches Live felt like a real moment.

What is your favorite work of art?
It would be a competition between the Cremaster cycle by Matthew Barney, and the cellules, and connected video performances by the artist Absalon.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would say to my younger self, experiment more, don't over-think and stress less!

The Frock On Frock Off exhibition takes place at the Glue Factory, Glasgow, Tue 23-Sun 28 Oct.

Frock-On-Frock-Off Exhibition

Young, local, queer contemporary artists present work which explores the influence of their sexual identities.