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Welcome to Haymanopolis
an exhibition of work by the late Keith Hayman
WORKSTATION, Sheffield
7-16 October 2014

Often humorous, noisy and colourful, sometimes poignant, poetic and probing, the art that makes up the world of Haymanopolis is never short of something to say. This first major retrospective exhibition of the late Keith Hayman draws together seen and unseen drawing, painting and collage/bricolage and recreations of installations, pulling together familiar motifs and themes such as Modernity and Utopia, man and the city, and commodification and consumption.

Among the exhibits will be a recreation of an installation the artist was working on at the time of his death in collaboration with London artist Adam Forman to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the battle or Orgreave.
Workstation in Sheffield is a fitting venue. As a member of the city’s economic regeneration team back in the 1980s, he was a key figure in the creation of the Cultural Industries Quarter. On retirement in the mid 90s, he took up a studio and launched another life for himself as a serious artist. He was instrumental in organising Open Up Sheffield, worked sporadically as an arts consultant, and sat on various arts forums. He was largely self-taught as an artist, something he felt was important for him.

“I continue to do the things I did as a child” he said when asked about his art, paraphrasing the words of the American sculptor Carl Andre, whose famously placed bricks (just a pile on the floor) had caused such a stir at the Tate in the early 1980s. Something of a latent anarchist himself, Keith’s attitude towards things creative was similarly provocative:
“I am by nature an optimist, although much of what I do seems to express pessimism and frustration … There is an anarchy present [in the art I make] and as I get older I find it increasingly difficult to take the world too seriously”.

Since the late 1990s Keith had exhibited continuously across the region and wider afield. He had solo exhibitions at Derby City Art Gallery and x-church Gainsborough, and was represented at art fairs in London and Manchester. But it is perhaps for his open studios and more random art ‘happenings’ in and around Sheffield that he will be best known.

Keith Hayman died last year at the age of 69 while riding with his Sheffield cycling club, Sharrow CC. This exhibition has been selected by Marcus and Hilary Hammond of BendInTheRiver, and by Janet, Matt and Louisa Hayman. The show will be open daily Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm, Saturday 1pm – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 3pm and admission is free.

Contact details for further information: Matt Hayman, 07715113782, mattyhayman@hotmail.co.uk

Keith Hayman Obituary

 

Art Sheffield Festival 2013

“Place-No-Place” Stephen Carley and Keith Hayman

“Tomorrow Keeps Coming” / Keith Hayman / Overview / July 2013

At the end of the 19th century, Baudelaire described modernity, as, “the transient, the fleeting; it is the one half of art, the other being the eternal and immutable.”

And Marx, famously talked about – “All that is solid melting into air”.

In Settlement  –(Once These Were), I looked at permanence, transition and change via a range of indoor exhibits, including fragments of a barn that over several years had almost imperceptibly  melted into the earth. And outdoors, I planted signs at different locations round Sheffield, marking an industrial past – “Once this was a Wagon Works, now it’s a clearing in the forest”.

And in 2011 I explored acceptance of and resistance to change, in “The New Babylon Letters”, between myself and my alter ego, posted on railings in the centre of Sheffield.

Tomorrow Keeps Coming”, planned for October 26th to Friday November 1st 2013, as my contribution to “Place-No-Place”, explores change, via a series of exhibits, listed below. It will question the nature of change and the societal operating system that shapes and controls our lives. And outdoors, “Return to Orgreave”, will look at the different layers of an industrial landscape.

 

Tomorrow Keeps Coming – provisional running list

Family Life – A mountain of shredded paper, marking a year of family administration

Assembly – Steel and canvas chairs from an ex-school, as witness to Tomorrow Keeps Coming

Domestic Science- tiles from a domestic science room, marking a time when things seemed more secure.

Once These Were – Signs and recorded images from outside sites placed round Sheffield during April 2013.

Yesterday – A mountain of domestic, national and world news.

Street Kill – A display case of collected, crushed Coca Cola cans, making something out of nothing

Fragment of a Revolution – A crushed pit head wheel, set on a gallery plinth, making ‘art’ out of struggle.

Block Work – Breeze blocks, made out of crushed materials from the Sheffield General Post Office.

Umbrella – A broken, found umbrella, marking the exhibition site as an ex-centre of UK umbrella production.

Drill – A  wooden, 20th century seed drill with a timeless utility.

Art review- A parade of Art review magazines, with an endless list of artists who were famous for 15 minutes.

Le Corbusiers Hut – The remains of the famous architects, summer home on the Riviera. An uncertain homage to a controversial public figure.

Wanderers – A series of paintings and drawings of figures in undefined landscapes – travelers, wanderers, nomads.

Outdoors

Return to Orgreave – Signs and markers in an ex-industrial landscape.

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