02. Artists

Darren Bader

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b. 1978 in Bridgeport, Connecticut (USA); lives and works in New York (USA)

Darren Bader works with the physical aspect of the exhibition space and the position of the spectator, while paying no heed to the topical impositions of reality. Whether setting up collection boxes for no specific cause or decreeing that one of the visitors to Art Basel is the work he is showing there, Bader offers openended scenarios lending themselves
to all sorts of physical, conceptual and intellectual interpretations.

He has recently exhibited at PS1 and the Whitney Biennial (New York), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and the American Academy (Rome).


Works


La vie moderne

Thirsty Eggplant, Création Biennale 2015

Darren Bader uses all kinds of possible materials, whether it is the exhibition space, the position of the visitor, or the topical impositions of reality. Darren Bader is no stranger to open-ended scenarios lending themselves to multiple physical, conceptual and intellectual interpretations. He appropriates iconic objects of contemporary culture – films, music, texts, digital images, and works of art – thinking of them as ready-mades to be exhibited along with living creatures. Fruit, cats or spectators are all likely to become unexpected sculptures. In the Parc de la Tête d’Or, a fair sized aubergine, with four legs solidly planted in the ground, has dipped a straw into the lake. Although the sculpture is full of all kinds of rubbish, it is all invisible and nobody can predict when the vegetable will have drunk the entire contents of the lake.

Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, Londres; Andrew Kreps, New York

Venues : Et aussi en extérieur

Getting there

La vie moderne

Sans titre,

At the macLYON, Darren Bader has installed 40 loudspeakers which broadcast, almost simultaneously, several sounds connected (amongst other things) to the Old Testament, his bank card number, Hegelian dialectics, noble gases, or the ingredients of a Linzer Torte, an Austrian pastry covered with redcurrant jam. The result of this colossal mix is a deafening roar which makes the listener’s head spin: are we listening to the text of a huge encyclopaedia being read at breakneck speed?

Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, Londres

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there



Gallery
Darren Bader 4 photos
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© Blaise Adilon

Darren Bader
Thirsty Eggplant - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Et aussi en extérieur
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© Blaise Adilon

Darren Bader
Thirsty Eggplant - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Et aussi en extérieur
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© Blaise Adilon

Darren Bader
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La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Darren Bader
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La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)