The New-York based, Texas-born artist recently opened ‘Border States’, his largest and most ambitious show to date. The exhibition presents newly created sculptural assemblages produced by Hayden from wood indigenous to the United States and Mexico border. Using a rigorous process of sawing, sanding and sculpting, he combines disparate types of wood to create new composite forms that address themes of assimilation and acceptance, and metaphorically disrupt traditional American social context. Due to their use of material, the works carry inherent associations to societal categorisations such as race, religion, education, sexuality and ethnicity, and poignantly explore the notion of citizenship and identification.
Hugh Hayden was born in Dallas and lives and works in New York. Earlier this year, White Columns, New York, held a solo exhibition of Hayden’s work. Other recent group shows that Hayden has participated in include JTT, New York (2018); Clearing, New York (2018); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (2018); PPOW Gallery, New York (2017); Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (2017); Postmasters Gallery, New York (2016); MoMA PS1, Rockaway Beach, New York (2014); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2014); and Abrons Art Center, New York (2013). He is the recipient of residences at Glenfiddich in Dufftown, Scotland (2014); Abrons Art Center and Socrates Sculpture Park (both 2012), and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011).
For further details about the exhibition, visit our exhibition page here. Catch it before 27 October 2018.