Darren Bader is a conceptual artist who considers philosophical questions by tangling contemporary art and life through books, digital projects, videos, installations, and curatorial projects. A simultaneous negotiation and mutation takes place in each of his surreal pairings and physical works often have an online or performative component to accompany them, adding layers to the seemingly simple juxtapositions. His comparisons of objects are transitory and cheeky, with a meaning or message that can transform at a moment’s notice. In the past, Bader has curated a room occupied by several live animals that were all available for adoption and auctioned off a sum of money he crowd-sourced—the final sum paid was donated to charity while the “artwork” was deposited into the buyer’s bank account. These objects are subject to time as well as Bader’s own adjustments, which might take place nearly every day during the course of one of his exhibitions. Bader considers a wealth of visual, aesthetic, and conceptual treasure is already present in our surroundings—he doesn’t make new items but rather creates immediate, poetic experiences with preexisting elements.

Darren Bader
Darren Bader
Bridgeport, 1978

Past Exhibitions

Pulgares que Escriben y Se Deslizan de DIS

La Casa Encendida
02/02/2018 — 13/05/2018

Can I Step on it?

Franco Noero Via Mottalciata
30/03/2016 — 07/05/2016

The Calder Prize 2005 – 2015

Pace London Burlington Gardens
04/02/2016 — 05/03/2016

Darren Bader: rocks and mirrors

Franco Noero Via Mottalciata
03/11/2015 — 23/12/2015

Darren Bader: Proposta per le 9 Sinfonie

Piazza Carignano 2 03/11/2015 — 08/11/2015

Solo Shows

Rocks and Mirrors, Franco Noero Gallery, Turin, IT

#I am just living to be dying by your side, Franco Noero Gallery, Turin, IT

New Buildings about Songs and Food, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
Where is a Bicycle’s Vagina (and other enquiries) or Around the Samovar, 1857, Oslo, NOR
‘Images’, MOMA PS1, Queens, USA

Group Shows

This is THIS, Zach Feuer, New York, USA
Air de Pied-à-terre, curated by Lisa Cooley and Alan Reid, Lisa Cooley, New York, USA

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Bridgeport Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1978 Lives in: New York, USA