Joseph Havel

Bender, 2016
Cast polyurethane resin and bronze with patina
11.75 × 5.75 × 9.25 inches
Edition of 12 plus 1AP
Courtesy of the artist and Anthony Meier Fine Arts
$2,000

“Bender” is a book written by the artist’s friend, the poet Dean Young. The two collaborated on a project, which resulted in a poem and a series of exhibitions titled “How to Draw a Circle.” The works deal with reconstructing a sense of self in the face of constant flux and sometimes traumatic change, while maintaining a sense of humor. The title “Bender” suggests the idea of something physical being malleable and a drunken bender as a state of instability.