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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: The Curious Objects Of Jason de Haan
April 5, 2014
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LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts.

Name: Jason de Haan

Born: 1981, near Bon Accord, Alberta

Lives and works: Calgary and upstate New York

The work: When you see an object made by Jason de Haan, you immediately want to know the story behind it. From a worn copy of Lord of the Flies stuffed full with green page-markers, to a piano that’s been stripped to its skeleton, his sculptures seem like relics from a museum that closed a long time ago. Some of his best known works are pre-existing bronze busts that he grows mineral "beards" on, as in the image above.

Emotional responses: De Haan told about a security guard in Mexico who destroyed his first salt bust a week after it was finished because he took offence at the figure the bust represented. And another viewer was “brought to tears confronting the piano that was eaten by horses” (scroll through the gallery; it'll make a little more sense). One woman told him his installation Hope, Love, Peace, Generosity, Purpose, Harmony cured her fear of heights.

On an artist's wardrobe: “I wear the same outfit every day.”


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