Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Hugh Hayden - CANCELED

Civic Square Building

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Hugh Hayden’s practice considers the anthropomorphization of the natural world as a visceral lens for exploring the human condition. Hayden transforms familiar objects through a process of selection, carving and juxtaposition 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. Hayden utilizes wood as his primary medium, frequently loaded with multi-layered histories in their origin, including objects as varied as discarded trunks, rare indigenous timbers, Christmas trees or souvenir African sculptures. From these he saws, sculpts and sands the wood, often combining disparate species, creating new composite forms that also reflect their complex cultural backgrounds. Crafting metaphors for human existence and past experience, Hayden’s work questions the stasis of social dynamics and asks the viewer to examine their place within an ever-shifting ecosystem.

Photo credit: Hugh Hayden, The Jones Part 3, 2018, Sculpted eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) with steel 199.4 x 457.2 x 67.9 cm 78 1/2 x 180 x 26 3/4 in