I am watching you.

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Biography

NOTE: This text was auto generated by the website, “500 Words”. It’s not intended to be taken literally. Though there are a few points that I like!

Kenneth Hayden (°1958, United States) makes paintings and photos. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Hayden seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.

His paintings feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. By emphasising aesthetics, he formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.

His collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.

His works sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning.

Kenneth Hayden currently lives and works in Louisville.

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New Paintings, July/August 2014

A new painting from July and early August 2014. Initially inspired by my dislike for Monet’s water lilies. I wanted to paint similar subjects in a way Monet would have never done.

 

Water Lilies #3, 2014, 36” x 48"’, acrylic on canvas. The right section represents the lilies reduced to simple lines of color.  I used a variety of opaque acrylic and translucent iridescent paints to give it a shimmering quality. ©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY USA All Rights Reserved.

Water Lilies #3, 2014, 36” x 48″’, acrylic on canvas.
The right section represents the lilies reduced to simple lines of color. I used a variety of opaque acrylic and translucent iridescent paints to give it a shimmering quality.
©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY USA All Rights Reserved.

 

Water Lilies #4 - Gilding the Lily, 2014, 5’ x 7’, acrylic and gold glitter paint on canvas. This piece is to be included in a show at Gallery Hertz, Louisville, Ky USA which opens on Sunday Aug. 17, 2014 ©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY USA All Rights Reserved.

Water Lilies #4 – Gilding the Lily, 2014, 5’ x 7’, acrylic and gold glitter paint on canvas.
This piece is to be included in a show at Gallery Hertz, Louisville, Ky USA which opens on Sunday Aug. 17, 2014
©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY USA All Rights Reserved.

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A few new images from July, 2014.

Old Town Alexandria, VA USA DSC_3350 DSC_3351 DSC_3422 (1) DSC_3473

 

 

All images ©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, All Rights Reserved.

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Tires #1, 2014

Tires #1, 2014

photography
32″ x 48″, dye sublimation on aluminum, edition of 5
©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY

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Save, 2014

Save, 2014

photography
48″ x 32″ dye sublimation on aluminum, edition of 5
©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY USA

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Horses in Window, 2014

Horses in Window, 2014

photography
48″ x 32″ dye sublimation on aluminum, edition of 5
©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY USA

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Free Flight, 2013

Free Flight, 2013

acrylic on panel, 12″ x 9″

©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY USA

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Learning to Fly, 2013

Learning to Fly, 2013

acrylic and metal glitter on panel, 12″ x 9″

©2014 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, KY USA

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Trophies, 2013

Trophies by Kenneth Hayden, Louisville, KY USA

I came across this scene while photographing in downtown Louisville last weekend. There’s a lot of construction taking place with a new bridge being built to cross the Ohio River. The static nature of the trophy heads seemed in direct conflict to all the activity and progress swirling around in the area. Available in a limited edition of 10 (ten) 30×40″ archival prints on paper or aluminum. Larger sizes on request.

©2013 Kenneth E. Hayden, Louisville, Kentucky USA. All Rights Reserved.

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