Glen Hayward was born in 1974 in Auckland New Zealand and is known for his sculptures of everyday, mass-produced items. Carved from wood and painted exactly as they were as found objects, they masquerade as the real. Hayward completed his doctoral dissertation at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts in 2005.
"I work at the intersection of carving and painting, I find all the world of things endlessly fascinating and potentially meaningful.
This way of making solves two tensions, one my tendency to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things, the time it takes to carve things limits the number of things I can make. The second is more process based, it acknowledges that selection of the 'thing' reflects a way of understanding the world, as the ready-made enacts. Although the world is fecund the mere presentation of it shows - an angle not all angles. To make a ready-made incites a value for the thing depicted, it permits a physical understanding of the world through making and parallels this through viewing."
Recent solo shows include: Everyday People, PAULNACHE (2016); Sign Field, PAULNACHE (2014); “I don't want you to worry about me I have met some Beautiful People”, City Gallery Wellington and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu (2013); Mirrorworld, McCahon house open studio, Auckland Arts Festival (2011).
Group shows include: beyond the haha, Auckland Art Fair (2016); Graffiti Lounge, PAULNACHE (2016); Lying in Space, 30upstairs (2014); The Obstinate object, curators Aaron Lister and Abbey Cunnae, City Gallery, Wellington (2012); Debuilding, curator Justin Paton, Christchurch City Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu,Christchurch (2011); Call Waiting, curator Alexa Johnston, Auckland City Art Gallery (NEW), Auckland (2010); Reboot, The Jim and Mary Barr Collection, curator Justin Paton, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Christchurch Art Gallery and Wellington City Gallery (2006-2007).
Glen is represented by PAULNACHE, Gisborne, NZ.