VENICE, CA, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012: the innovative maker of self-adhesive surface graphics, has teamed up with self-taught mixed media artist Jim Houser to launch two Pattern Wall Tiles and two wall graphics. The four designs work in harmony and share a muted color palette. Houser was careful to ensure that both the themes (and palette) would blend seamlessly with his paintings from the last five years.
Houser's work explores the cadence of speech, science and science fiction, sickness and disease, plants and animals, time travel, ghosts, the art of children, secrets, radio, codes and code breaking. Houser's installations create a mapping system, cataloguing his psychological states over the course of a particular period of time. As a result, his art forms fascinating patterns and characters.
The Philadelphia-based artist has been on Blik co-founder Scott Flora's radar for a couple of years and Flora recently reconnected with his work at Houser's LeBasse Projects show in May. Scallops ~ Pattern Wall Tiles and Amps ~ Pattern Wall Tiles bring Houser's work to large scale panels with their repeating patterns and shapes. Arrows and Snakes with Legs combine his quirky sense of humor with whimsical characters sporting ten gallon hats and a snake body with legs.
"What most interested me in working with Blik was giving people the opportunity to own a piece of art similar to what I create in a gallery setting," said Houser. "I have been doing installations in galleries for over a decade and one of the bittersweet components of working in that fashion is that after a show has ended, the environment I build is then painted over and destroyed. Blik offered the opportunity to not only expose a new audience to my work, but also as a way for collectors (of my work) to build their own installations at home using Blik as a backdrop."
"We loved Jim's sense of fun, said Flora. "He's a fine artist who does typography, characters and simple images that have an embedded meaning. He has an advertising sensibility and a style that translates well to wall graphics."
"I am excited to see how people make the graphics their own," continued Houser. The Jim Houser for Blik wall graphics are now available at Blik. High-res images available. Email Heather@whatisblik.com
ABOUT JIM HOUSER:
im Houser was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where he currently resides. He is a self-taught artist and a founding member of the Philly-based artist collective Space1026. Houser's collages, paintings and installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Brazil. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recently, Houser released a vinyl record of instrumental music composed to accompany his installations, the songs are currently available on iTunes. Visit jimhouser.com.
For 10 years, Blik has been the leading designer and maker of innovative self-adhesive, removable surface graphics. Co-founded in Venice, CA in 2002 by architect Scott Flora and food editor Jerinne Neils, Blik is an exploration into the concept of the "wall as canvas." Today, through groundbreaking production methods, original design and collaboration with such brands as Threadless, Upper Playground, Atari, Sanrio, Keith Haring Estate, Nintendo and Charles & Ray Eames, Blik is an I.D. Magazine Product Design Distinction Award Winner and participated in the esteemed Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial. In 2010, Blik was named as one of Entrepreneur's Top 10 Brilliant Companies. The full Blik product line is available online and at retailers worldwide. The full Blik product line is available online and at retailers worldwide. For more information, please visit