Richard Haden…

16Oct09
Wet Box, 2006, Polychromed Wood, 12 x 11.5 x 6.5 inches.

Wet Box, 2006, Polychromed Wood, 12 x 11.5 x 6.5 inches.

Baggage, 2005, Polychromed Wood, 18 x 21 x 7 inches

Baggage, 2005, Polychromed Wood, 18 x 21 x 7 inches

At first you may not notice Haden’s sculptures, mistaking them for discarded mundane objects such as a beat up fire extinguisher, a crushed shovel or a badly damaged refrigerator door.  But on closer inspection you will learn two surprising facts, that they are meticulous recreations of these things, and that they are carved entirely from wood.

“Haden is inspired by Situationist art, hiding the role of the artist so he’s almost like a spy. I love that about his work, the work just sort of disappears,” says Linder. But once the viewer discovers that the object is not the original, but an articulate reproduction, they begin to understand its deeper artistic and aesthetic value. Haden often damages or manipulates the original form in order to add compositional interest. He then carves the objects out of wood, after which he hides the fact that they are wood by painting them.

Inextinguishable, 2007 Polychromed Wood  27 x 13 x 8 inches.

Inextinguishable, 2007 Polychromed Wood 27 x 13 x 8 inches.

Visually, there is little difference between the sculpture and the original object, yet Haden’s work is far more rewarding to behold. In a recent interview on ARTLURKER Haden said of his work: “I choose to not simply place a readymade on a pedestal as another attempt at undermining an institution. In a nutshell, I remake traumatized readymades to serve a different end. That end is communication, referent, narrative, and so on.”

Group Drifters Before Assignment, 2006 Sizes Variable. Seven Objects. Re-Arrangeable Polychromed Wood.

Group Drifters Before Assignment, 2006 Sizes Variable. Seven Objects. Re-Arrangeable Polychromed Wood.

Property is Theft, 1993-2007, Polychromed Wood,  22 x 16 x 13 inches.

Property is Theft, 1993-2007, Polychromed Wood, 22 x 16 x 13 inches.

View more of his work [here]

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