What Makes a Toilet—or a Roomful of Kittens—a Work of Art?
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Franco Noero, Torino Photo credit: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Darren Bader’s artwork considers shifting notions of the art object, its contexts and production. “There’s this quantity/entity that people consider to be art, and my wish to [make] art involves trying to figure out the locus of this quantity/entity,” Bader has said. For his series “and/with,” the artist juxtaposes disparate objects and gives the works titles such as sugar and/with axe or kangaroo and/with lobster. Although laced with humor, Bader's works are serious attempts to think through the processes of how a sculpture comes into being, and the contexts in which an object becomes art.
American, b. 1978, Bridgeport, Connecticut