Clinton Hayden

Idle Hours Club


Contesting divisions between the realms of memory and experience, Hayden wants to amplify the viewer's engagement by creating compositions or settings that generate poetic images that leave traces, balancing on the edge of longing and alienation. By referencing romanticism, humor and symbolism, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of tradition are essential as an act of meditation, with time and memory always playing a pivotal role. Creating the work through the collection of images and reinterpretation of the archive can be seen explicitly as a personal exorcism ritual— is inspired by the nineteenth-century tradition of work where an ideal of 'Fulfilled Absence' was seen as the pinnacle.



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