Hugh Hayden, who’s made a name for himself with psychologically charged sculptures of carved and found wood, which are both ingeniously elegant and often more than a bit dangerous-looking, is now represented by Lisson Gallery, the international outfit with two galleries each in New York and London.
Earlier this year, Hayden, who was born in Dallas and who lives and works in New York, inaugurated the new location of White Columns in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan with a show that included a showstopper of an installation with spindly branches of wood sprouting from carved school desks.
A couple weeks ago, Hayden opened a solo show at Lisson’s 10th Avenue Space in the West Chelsea area of New York called “Border States,” which continues in that creepy but alluring mode, with various types of branches exploding off of from fences or, in one case, growing through a stroller. It’s on view through October 27.
Nodding to artists as disparate as Louise Bourgeois, Mona Hatoum, Yayoi Kusama, and Robert Gober, Hayden’s pieces allude to, and plumb, issues surrounding race and politics in various ways. Works in the Lisson show, for instance, were made with wood species found along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Thirty-five years old this year, Hayden just graduated from Columbia’s M.F.A. program and this summer pulled an art hat trick—a rarity in the industry—by appearing simultaneously in three summer group shows at New York galleries: “Keep Me Warm” at Clearing in Brooklyn, “Pine Barrens” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea, and “Beside Myself” at JTT on the Lower East Side.
Before that, he had a solo show in 2017 at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and had been included in exhibitions at Postmasters Gallery, Marinaro, P.P.O.W., Socrates Sculpture Park, and Wave Hill in New York, as well as Pilot Projects in Philadelphia.
Get on over to Chelsea to see the show!