The Lost Object
This installation is created by Amsterdam based artist Hyland Mather as part of his ongoing ‘lost objects’ project.
Created entirely from discarded materials gathered in the Rino district of Denver, this install is in keeping with his method of arriving at a site with no set plan.
‘I never know what I’ll find, but I’m always confident I’ll find what I need, or better yet, what is needed’, says Hyland.
‘It is an almost romantic feeling I get for the objects I find and work on. I apply a kind of weird spiritualism to the materials… I like to think of them as having a first ‘life’. After they have outlived their usefulness and they are thrown away; abandoned, discarded or lost, they are rediscovered by me, and made somehow new again… but not too new (they have to maintain a kind of ‘artifact’ feel for me). I like to think of the lost objects themselves as ‘stoked’ that they are becoming something else. It’s really silly to apply this kind of romantic or emotional stamp to inanimate objects, but I don’t care. It’s a fun feeling in my head.’
‘I’m probably an Anarchist if I needed to apply a dogma to my life, but Taoism is a philosophy I really enjoy and Zen plays a big part in my large scale pieces. Zen masters before the 20th century did not generally consider their painting or calligraphy to be ‘art’ but rather just part of their practice. I like that thought very much. When I make my large scale paintings, or lost object installations there is a real Zen feel to the whole process for me for several reasons. First, I find my process very meditative and secondly aesthetically I am always trying to find a ‘balanced’ feeling in my work. I rarely start with a fully formed plan whenI make, and I only know a piece is finished when it feels balanced.’
Hyland Mather has had recent solo exhibits in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum and Frost Museum in Miami.
Follow him on instagram @thelostobject