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Art created in North America includes objects made by native cultures of the present-day United States and Canada; paintings and decorative arts produced during colonial times; 18th- and 19th-century masterpieces; and the work of contemporary artists and photographers.

© Dean Ruck and Dan Havel
Havel Ruck Projects
Dan Havel, American, born 1959
Dean Ruck, American, born 1962
Trespass 4416
Wood and found materials

92 x 51 x 51 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gift of Chris Urbanczyk, with matching funds provided by Chevron, with additional gifts from George and Mary Hawkins; Jane Millett Jackson; Marc and Kathleen Béïque; Leslie and Jack S. Blanton, Jr.; Karol Kreymer and Robert Card, M.D.; Lester Marks; Russell and Diana Hawkins; Drs. Jeffrey and Linda Jackson; Karen, Gene, and Katherine Oshman; Dan Tidwell and Jamie Mize; an anonymous donor in honor of Scott and Judy Nyquist; and friends of the artists

Arts of North America

Houston artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck have collaborated on a number of site-specific interventions in the domestic architecture of Houston. However, these projects have been ephemeral: preserved only in drawings, models, and photographs. Trespass is the first monumental work by Havel Ruck Projects that is not short-lived.

Created out of materials scavenged at a building site in Houston’s historic Magnolia Grove district, Trespass is constructed from the fragments of a 19th-century wooden bungalow, the kind of structure once typical of the district. At a glance, the sculpture is a seeming whirlwind of flotsam and jetsam. Closer examination, however, reveals the careful structure that holds together this maelstrom of slats. Trespass can be compared to the “anarchitecture” projects of Gordon Matta-Clark. Like Matta-Clark, Havel and Ruck are interested in the social dimension of architecture, and as the title suggests, Trespass raises questions regarding property and community. Should the artists be considered trespassers for scavenging the materials from a building site? Or are the developers who are transforming a neighborhood the trespassers?