Havel Ruck Projects (Dan Havel and Dean Ruck) is an artist collaborative that works in public and quasi-public environments to repurpose architectural structures and remnants of no perceived market value into works of art. By reorganizing the physical construction of unremarkable spaces and places, their interventions bring attention and recognition to underappreciated and ordinary buildings and their histories. Beginning informally in 1994 with Project O House, in collaboration with Kate Petley, the duo came together again in 2004 to create Inversion and Apt. Suite and through 2008 they also completed Scatter Boats and a series of “trespass” works. In 2009 they formalized their collaborative as Havel Ruck Projects, LLP. That same year they executed the dual-site project Give and Take as part of a group show at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. HRP projects have garnered broad attention from the public and media and the artists are honored to have received grants and awards from American Institute of Architects, Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Society of Architects.
House, wood, nails