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Joseph Havel makes sculptures that focus on transformation. The sculptures are fabricated from pre-existing common objects such as sheets, curtains, napkins, and woven shirt labels. The custom shirt labels are designed with photocopy text from books that have a conceptual relationship to the artist’s work, yet can be considered independently in the new context. The pre-existing objects are often transformed by simple domestic manipulation such as sewing, laundering, or pinning. They also may be transformed into a new material such as urbane resin or bronze. Radically different intellectual, historical, and emotional points of view can coexist in the sculptures without contradiction because the work exists in a transitional state. This allows cultural ideas to be experienced intimately.
He was selected to participate in the 2000 Whitney Biennial of New York as well as the 2001 Phoenix Triennial. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Modern Museum of Fort Worth, the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, The Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, and numerous public and private collections. He lives and works in Houston, Texas.


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