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Seager Gray Gallery presents Andrew Hayes: New Work. The exhibition runs from December 1 – December 30, 2018. The gallery will host a holiday reception on Saturday, December 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Like a conductor of an orchestra, Andrew Hayes transforms steel and paper into a symphony of shape and form. Masterfully counterpointing curved and straight lines, he continues to find new arrangements that resolve the elements in satisfying and surprising ways. Paper in Hayes’ sculpture assumes the natural properties of water, taking the shape of whatever contains or borders it.
In “Chevron” for instance, Hayes ingeniously inserts a chevron inside an oval, utilizing the edges of the paper to create the inner shape. So simple, but with these two basic elements, the artist is able to play with our perceptions. The inner steel form, the simple suspended plane needed to curve the paper around is slightly wider than the outer oval, so that the paper angles forward emphasizing the fluid malleability of paper as a material and the beauty inherent in edges. He counterpoints the curved lines on the oval by squaring off cutaways on the side, revealing the paper and the way the inner shape seems to be hanging impossibly from the paper. The effect gives emphasis to the contrast between the weight of steel and the ephemeral quality of book pages.
Hayes is a master of steel fabrication. His welds are imperceptible, and his surfaces sanded to a pebble-like smoothness, except for when roughness is intentional. His forms are elegant, even formal in their design, but they are never oversimplified as he constantly tinkers with the shapes innovating creative approaches to composition.
Andrew Hayes grew up in Tucson, Arizona and studied sculpture at Northern Arizona University. The desert landscape inspired much of his early sculptural work and allowed him to cultivate his style in fabricated steel. After leaving school, Andrew worked in the industrial welding trade. While living in Portland, Oregon, bouncing between welding jobs and creating his own work he was invited to the EMMA collaboration. This one-week experience was liberating for Andrew and he was encouraged by his fellow collaborators to apply to the Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts. During his time as a Core Fellow, Andrew was able to explore a variety of materials and technique.
In the five years since we first started showing his work, Hayes has become one of our most collected artists. His work appears in collections at the Yale Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Art and Black Mountain College. He has been the subject of many reviews and articles and is a favorite among online zines such as Design Milk and Beautiful Decay. It is, however, in the studio that his greatest strides are made. In these sophisticated works, he continues to push boundaries while adhering to rigorous standards of flawless fabrication. His instinct for composition and form becomes ever more refined by curious investigation, faith in process and an ever-deepening understanding of his materials and the various ways they can behave.
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