Dennis J. Hayes IV a.k.a 7teen
With the exception of his studies at Alfred University artist Dennis Hayes IV, has dwelled in the aftermath of industrialized blue collar cities (Buffalo, New York and Detroit, Michigan). Hayes pulls a great amount of inspiration from these rust belt metropolises along with scientific and technical approaches of the naturalist arts movement, influences of niche counter cultures and his background in industrial design and has integrated it into a signature style of harvesting found materials to create subtle, but politically, environmentally, and culturally charged multi layered "portraits" of living organisms. The use of symbolism through geometry and composition add a highly graphic and textured environment in which his subjects reside within the images. His work has been gaining demand and has lead to recent exhibitions in such cities as Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Toronto, Montreal and Hamburg Germany.
Born: Buffalo, NY 02 / 1977
Resides: Detroit, MI
Education: BAFA Alfred University, Alfred NY 1999

Solo Exhibitions
Re:View Gallery / TBA / Detroit MI

Thinkspace Gallery / Against the Grain / Los Angeles CA

Le Gallery / Guilty as well / Toronto ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

Distinction Gallery / Infinity Squared / Escondido CA
DVA Gallery / Hayes and Rettker / Chicago IL

The Wind Up Gallery / Deck the Halls / Mesa AZ
DVA Gallery / Picks of the Harvest Chicago Invasion / Chicago IL
GM Design Gallery / Hostile Takeover / Warren MI
Thinkspace Gallery / Global Storming / Los Angeles CA
University of Michigan Work Gallery / Lab and the Studio / Ann Arbor MI
ISM projects @ Thinkspace Gallery / Untitled Love / Los Angeles CA
Gallery 1988 SF / Back for Seconds / San Francisco CA
Boontling Gallery / People are Everywhere / Oakland CA
Compound Gallery / 3 Course Meal / Portland OR
Thinkspace Gallery / Picks of the Harvest 4 / Los Angeles CA
GM Design Gallery / 5x5 / Warren MI
Limited Addiction Gallery / Elevations / Denver CO
Nichols Gallery @ Pitzer College / Eco / Claremont CA

Feinkunst Kruger / Don’t Wake Daddy / Hamburg, Germany
Thinkspace Gallery / Square Foot / Los Angeles
Plan B / Beats and Pieces / Detroit MI
Primary Space / Potluck II / Hamtramck MI
Thinkspace Gallery / Picks of the Harvest 3 / Los Angeles CA
The Sunset Room / The Feast / Victoria BC
1988 Gallery / Paper Pushers / Los Angeles CA
1988 Gallery / I am 8-bit / Los Angeles CA
Sweatshop Inc Gallery / C.H.U.D. / Seattle WA

Covivant Gallery / 813 VS 313 / Tampa Bay FL
Le Gallery / A Different Honest / Toronto ON
Cranbrook Forum Gallery / BMX Stunt Spectacular / Bloomfield Hills MI
GM Design Gallery / Holiday Show / Warren MI
Pr1mary Space / Potluck / Hamtramck MI
Detroit by Design / Circus Detroit / Detroit MI
Halo Salon / Castle Me In / Seattle WA
Now Here Fast / Ghost Town / East Hampton MA
Pr1mary Space / From Four Zero One / Hamtramck MI
Detroit by Design Gallery / It’s OK We’re Here/ Detroit MI
Lo Fi Gallery II / Goodtimes / Detroit MI
Pr1mary Space / Pr1mary Red / Hamtramck MI
C-POP / MC2 / Detroit MI
Cranbrook Forum Gallery / Drawing Collective / Bloomfield Hills MI
Tangent Gallery / Dirty Show 6 / Detroit MI
Pr1mary Space / Beaks and Bucks / Hamtramck
Bankle Building / Devil’s Night Show / Detroit MI
555 Gallery / Connections / Detroit MI
GM Design Gallery / Digital Show / Warren MI
The Goodfoot / Process Invisible / Portland, OR
Revolver Upstairs / Stick Em Up 2 / Melbourne Australia
Small’s / Canvas vs. Vinyl / Hamtramck MI
GM Design Gallery / Figurative Show / Warren MI
GM Design Gallery / Holiday Show / Warren MI
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Cntr. / Out of the Blue / Birmingham MI
Cleveland Institute of Art / Coffee House / Cleveland OH
Robert Turner Gallery / Situations / Alfred NY
Robert Turner Gallery / Circus of Motion / Alfred NY
The Allen-Steinheim Museum / Stone Works / Alfred NY

Jitter Magazin (Germany)02 / 2007
Midwestern Goodness ( / 2006
Globe and Mail / Guilty as Well review07 / 2006
Nintendo Power06 / 2006
Real Detroit Weekly / Best of Detroit03 / 2006

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    daile says:

    "his artwork is absolutely phenomenal. this fellow is truly an inspiration."

    December 3rd, 2006

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    politicalia says:

    "pooom poom...
    the sound of the teven seen
    crunching on a heaven bean
    leave your lungs squeaky clean
    this i really mean
    heres a titan
    your buddy, adam"

    February 17th, 2006

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    wacky doodler says:

    "let it be known - i was there when 7teen came out of the hippy closet. not that there's anything wrong with being a tree-hugging bird-lover, but still, his beard is only ALMOST as cool as his art. madly talented, this man!

    (my cat does not hate, she just loves toes!!!)"

    November 28th, 2005

Dennis Hayes IV
March 2005
Detroit, usa
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Dennis Hayes IV / 7teen