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Ron Haselden

'I always think of myself as a sculptor. It all hangs on sculpture. Some of it is temporary.'

He is an artist using hard materials - from scaffolding to film-projectors - but soft media: light, sound, movement and time. Wind and water have featured as elements in a number of pieces, and even air pressure. Roughly speaking, his method, which captures an attitude, is to set something up from which, through which, something can flow. He uses a mixture of technology and people. The technology can be high-tech or low-tech, but the inclination is towards the latter, since he is interested more in the flow of natural forces than in the hardware.

'The material is chosen for its literalness and used straightforwardly - with all the bones and innards exposed... Haselden's work is characterised by this materiality, a way of working which has its most immediate roots in the 1960s - Minimalism, Conceptual and Process art - the aesthetics of silence.' (Hilary Gresty)

Moreover, Haselden loves to work collaboratively - with 'architects, dance companies, sound artists, computer or electronic design experts.'

One can see in his work a feeling for nature. Haselden lives in France, in Brizard, a village near Dinar, Brittany. It's rural. That's important. His attitude to his work is reflected in his attitude to his life as an artist:

'I've never been a commercial gallery animal, and if something's successful I want to leave it and move on.'

He tells the story that as a child he once tried to run away to sea.

Photoelectric Cell Film at the Arnolfini gallery by Ron Haselden, 1973
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