© Hoss Haley
Stack of 11 steel spheres shaped from shells of broken washing machines. Two more spheres sit on floor nearby, another sphere is mounted on wall nearby.
Haley grew up on a farm in Kansas, learning to weld at an early age. A three-year residency at Penland School of Craft prompted his permanent move to Western North Carolina as well as a change in his process, from hot to cold working metal, frequently with tools he made himself. For Cycle Haley manipulated the metal from washing machines found in scrapyards to resemble cast-off, balled-up sheets of paper. Stacking the elements in a precarious pile, the work evokes a sense of tension that comments on the disposable nature of our consumer culture. Even in their new compressed shapes, the washing machines fill the gallery space as they beg the question: “Where will we put all the things we throw away?”
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Tom Schram
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