C-L-E-A-R-I-N-G is a contemporary art gallery based in New York and Brussels. The gallery was founded in Brooklyn in 2011, with the focus on showing emerging art. It now represents 17 living artists, having provided many of them – such as Harold Ancart, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Calvin Marcus and Marina Pinsky – with their first gallery exhibitions. The gallery also represents the estates of Eduardo Paolozzi, Bruno Gironcoli and Rene Heyvaert. In 2012, it opened its second exhibition space in Brussels. C-L-E-A-R-I-N-G supports its artists by producing works, exhibitions and books, as well as working closely with public and private institutions.
Hugh Hayden is an emerging sculptor who lives in New York and primarily works with wood and, more recently, iron. For Art Brussels, Hayden presents a new series of small-scale sculptures in cast iron, expanding on his acclaimed solo exhibition at Princeton University Art Museum. By fusing iron skillets and casseroles with West-African masks and re-casting and enamelling them in the traditional way of producing cast iron cookware, Hayden explores history, identity and the origins of American culture as we know it today. The works reflect upon the African origin of the American South’s first culinary traditions and how they undeniably influenced this cuisine at the nation’s beginnings, later becoming synonymous with soul food.