Darren Bader
Darren Bader

CS19 is a recent assemblage in Darren Bader’s ongoing CS series, in which the artist recontextualizes mundane items once owned by celebrities (living and deceased). CS19 effortlessly organizes an assortment of personal documents (and a fabric swatch) – including Mickey Rooney’s credit card and Rudolph Valentino’s divorce papers – with a friendly assist from Henry Winkler's clipboard. In the CS series, Bader continues to explore aspects of ‘objecthood’ and its shifting states, lending an astute eye to the possibilities of composition.

Mixing the awkwardly iconic and the drearily dispensable, CS19 is a tidy summation of the artist's perennial interests in the readymade, the absurd, and the ties that bind us.


Mario Zoots