Archway Gallery presents Joe Hale Haden: "Found Objects" opening reception
Joe Hale Haden grew up in Houston and has been making art ever since he can remember. He spent much of his adolescence creating drawings of life around him, as well as highly detailed blueprints for imagined homes. Such interests led Haden to obtain degrees in both mechanical engineering and visual communication. After a short career in aerospace, working on the stealth bomber and the Ospreys in the early 1980s, Haden became a custom home designer/builder for many decades.
Around 2011, Haden moved to his family ranch in Crockett, Texas to take care of his aging mother. It was then that he was able to truly focus on his lifelong love of what he calls “making pretty.” Haden’s specialty is re-purposing found objects, trash, or scrap materials, with the intent of changing the viewer’s perception of that object. He elicits a renewed interest in an object by de-emphasizing its usefulness, altering its original purpose for a greater beauty.
In this exhibition, Haden juxtaposes organic and non-organic shapes, marrying their superficial differences. His metal cutting technique relies on light and shadow of the positive and negative space to help transform the perception of an object. The result is an analytical experience of how an object which has been discarded, or had its original, practical use retired or rendered non-functional, can still have purpose with an altered perspective.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through July 7.