White Columns

Hugh Hayden

White Columns is proud to present the first New York solo exhibition by Hugh Hayden, one of the two inaugural exhibitions at the gallery’s new location at 91 Horatio Street: in the heart of New York’s Meat Packing District, where White Columns has been based for the past twenty years.
For his exhibition Hayden will present two recent wooden sculptures.

Hayden’s work considers various methods and different approaches to the idea of ‘camouflage’; exploring the idea of blending into the natural landscape as a metaphor for assimilation into or rejection from greater social ecosystems.

The two sculptures in the exhibition are made from salvaged wood, which the artist has then carved, sanded and assembled into legible approximations of school desks (‘Brier Patch’) and a human skeleton (‘Hangers’). In each case the wooden sculptures retain the original branches of the repurposed trees, suggesting a form of both arrested and burgeoning growth.
‘Brier Patch’, 2018, is an installation comprising six carved school desks that juxtaposes the organic, unpredictability of the natural world (e.g. undergrowth, a thicket etc.) with the ordered and disciplined pursuit of education and greater civilization. The branches extending from the desks are entangled, and in the words of the artist “materialize this integration into the landscape or environment, creating a visible, unifying space, that is at once protective and impenetrable.” ‘Hangers’, 2018, takes the form of a slightly larger-than-life human skeleton, divided into two parts, and suspended from a domestic clothing rack. ‘Hangers’ conflates the infrastructure of a tree with that of the body, simultaneously establishing a tension and fluidity between both.

Hugh Hayden (b. 1983, Dallas, TX) lives and works in New York City. He will receive his MFA from Columbia University this May. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 2007. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Gavin Brown's enterprise; P.P.O.W.; Marinaro Gallery; Socrates Sculpture Park; and the Abrons Art Center (all New York.)
Special thanks for the Fund for Park Ave.
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