Mali Parkerson and Valentina Garcia of m+vART are pleased to present “Maquettes + Studies by David Hayes”, a solo exhibition focusing on the creative process of the artist as he explores the early stages of his work. Hayes creates preliminary drawings where he plays with lines, color, and geometric forms moving on to what eventually become abstract sculptures constructed from welded steel. This group of 11 maquettes and studies show the rhythm that draws you in to walk around them and come in touch with the artist’s creativeness.
David Hayes (Connecticut 1931- 2013), was an American modern master, who over the course of six decades produced a large body of sculptural work that concerned itself with geometrically abstracting organic form. His monumental outdoor sculptures contemplate the relationship between a work of art and the environment it occupies, and demonstrate the influence of teacher David Smith and friend Alexander Calder.
Hayes' work is now in the permanent collections of over 100 institutional collections across America, to name a few: MoMA (NY), Guggenheim (NY), National Museum of American Art (DC), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Frost Art Museum (Miami), Musée des Arts Decóratifs (Paris), Brooklyn Museum (NY). Most recently his work was acquired into the collection of Jorge and Darlene Perez and is also part of the sculpture collection for the Paraiso Bay development in Miami.
“David Hayes has long been a proponent of regarding human association with the natural realm as inspiration for his work. Despite its clear attention to the formalist elements of compositional balance and harmony, his sculpture is more than the accumulation of simple forms into impressive constructions; it is meant as a response to nature as he experiences it, stripped of emotional ties to realism and concentrated into objective shapes that still retain their significance derived from organic forms. “ Excerpt from the essay “Maquettes + Studies: A Creative Process”, written by Carol Damian. Miami, October 2014