'Hugh Hayden: Boogey Men' at Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, Texas
1 June 2022
Following its debut at the ICA Miami (30 November 2021 – 10 April 2022), 'Hugh Hayden: Boogie Men' will open on 10 June at the University of Houston's Blaffer Art Museum, featuring a suite of monumental, specially-created works across the artist's innovative use of mediums.
Hayden creates anthropomorphic forms that explore our relationship with the natural world. Formally trained as an architect, he deploys laborious processes—selecting, carving, fabricating—that result in dynamic, surreal, and critical responses to personal experience and social and cultural issues. Renowned for his use of wood—taking disparate natural species and manipulating them to reveal complex histories and meanings—Hayden crafts intricate metaphors and meditations on experience and memory that question social dynamics and the ever-shifting ecosystem.
Highlighting a series of newly created artworks that contend with personal subjects and recent political themes, Boogey Men is divided into multiple galleries that suggest suburban interior and exteriors, highlighting the artist’s interests in socially produced spaces as well as the fraught ideas of the “American Dream” and notions of idealism, culture, wealth, agency, and success.
Find further information via Blaffer Art Museum.