Darren Bader

A compiled list of proposals for impossible artworks around the fairgrounds of Randall's Island

Darren Bader (American, b. 1978)

Operating in the liminal space between sculpture, installation, and writing, Bader’s work questions – often ironically – notions of authorship in contemporary art. Recently Bader has written a number of humorous proposals for impossible artworks to happen around the world – examples of which have included riding the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius naked and installing a baby changing table under Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. For Frieze Projects, Bader used Randall’s Island as an imaginary playground to stage a series of absurdist interventions. Bader, in collaboration with other artists, compiled a list of proposals for impossible artworks around the fairgrounds: his dystopian visions span from the plausible to the fantastical, and involve a wide cast of characters and locations. Bader’s proposals were printed in a small publication which was distributed around the fair.

Image: Energy Study, Darren Bader. Courtesy of the artist.