Darren Bader (American, b. 1978)
Operating in the liminal space between sculpture, installation, and writing, Bader’s work questions – often ironically – notions of authorship in contemporary art. Recently Bader has written a number of humorous proposals for impossible artworks to happen around the world – examples of which have included riding the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius naked and installing a baby changing table under Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. For Frieze Projects, Bader used Randall’s Island as an imaginary playground to stage a series of absurdist interventions. Bader, in collaboration with other artists, compiled a list of proposals for impossible artworks around the fairgrounds: his dystopian visions span from the plausible to the fantastical, and involve a wide cast of characters and locations. Bader’s proposals were printed in a small publication which was distributed around the fair.
Image: Energy Study, Darren Bader. Courtesy of the artist.
Download Darren Bader’s Project for Frieze New York: Frieze Projects: Come Away With Me