Commonwealth and Council

Material Measures

Deborah Hede


Commonwealth and Council presents concurrent exhibitions by Cirilo Domine and Deborah Hede that traverse psychogeography and scopic permutations of landscape and urban planning.

Deborah Hede's recent series is part of an ongoing walk project that formally began in 2009. It is based upon the Situationist idea of the dérive, exploring the psychogeography of a varied urban environment. The resulting work forms visual amalgams that are distilled from these daily walks. As related to scientific and mathematical processes, Hede re-imagines the concept of a compound. She translates into her materials the actual found objects or internal impressions — a kind of residue or ephemera — encountered during the walks. This sequential body of work traces interiority. It is a reconstruction of experiences and perceptions that are contiguous to, yet contrast, the urban engineering codes that organize public space into a logical grid system.

Deborah Hede is a visual artist currently living in Los Angeles. Education includes study at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA. Her art forms draw upon the fields of architecture, drawing, painting, performance, photography and sculpture. Examples of Hede's work are in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is affiliated with The Drawing Center in New York.