Hadley+Maxwell’s interdisciplinary practice engages the histories of diverse artistic and pop cultural movements in order to rework both iconic images and traditional forms. Using direct touch, transposition and reconfiguration, their works excavate absent and forgotten images, bringing attention to the ideologies of monument, memorial and memory.
Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens have been collaborating as Hadley+Maxwell since 1997. Public presentations of their work have included solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Kunstverein Göttingen (Germany), Smart Project Space (Amsterdam), and Project Art Centre (Dublin); group exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Witte de With (Rotterdam), National Gallery of Canada
(Ottawa), the Seattle Art Museum, the Power Plant (Toronto), Kunstraum München, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse; and participation in the 19th Biennale of Sydney and the 4th Marrakech Biennale. Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens are co-creative directors at the Studio of Received Ideas based in Toronto, a public art initiative that has created commissions for Waterfront Toronto and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Calgary), and is currently in production on three new
permanent works all in the Greater Toronto Area.
Hadley Howes (b. Toronto 1973) lives and works in Toronto.
Maxwell Stephens (b. Montreal 1966) lives and works in Berlin.