Hugh Hayden will lead a tour of his studio in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries and Emma Enderby, Senior Curator at The Shed.
Hugh Hayden’s artwork is interested in the anthropomorphization of the natural world as a visceral lens of exploring the human condition. Hayden transforms familiar materials to challenge our perceptions of ourselves, others and the environment. Raised in Texas and trained as an architect, his work arises from a deep connection to nature and its organic materials. By transforming familiar objects to challenge human perception, Hayden investigates how we view ourselves and our surroundings. He utilises wood as his primary medium, frequently loaded with multi-layered histories in their origin, including objects as varied as discarded trunks, rare indigenous timber, Christmas trees or souvenir African sculptures. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition at White Columns in New York in 2018. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including 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), among others. 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).
Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, and Senior Artistic Advisor of The Shed in New York. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 300 shows. Obrist’s recent publications include Mondialité, Somewhere Totally Else, Ways of Curating, The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.
Emma Enderby is the Senior Curator at The Shed, where she organized Trisha Donnelly. Her upcoming shows include Collision/Coalition (Oscar Murillo, Tony Cokes, and a documentary on Beatriz González by Yanina Valdivieso and Vanessa Bergonzoli); OPEN CALL (with Tamara McCaw), and Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates. As Adjunct Curator at Public Art Fund, Enderby recently curated Tauba Auberbach: Flow Separation (2018) and, previously as Associate Curator, she is co-curating the group exhibitions Commercial Break and The Language of Things, along with organizing solo presentations Katja Novitskova: EARTH POTENTIAL, David Shrigley: MEMORIAL, and Spencer Finch: Lost Man Creek. Enderby has contributed texts and edited a number of publications and periodicals and co-runs a London-based artist project space.
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