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.


Dean Ruck  wood and nails
Fifth Ward Jam
2010
wood and nails

Dan and Dean with Texas Johnny Brown
Dean Ruck  Wood and nails
Fifth Ward Jam, detail
2010
Wood and nails

Dean Ruck  House, wood, nails
Fifth Ward Jam
2010
House, wood, nails

Havel Ruck Projects received a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to create a temporary sculpture in Houston's 5th Ward as part of a Neighborhood arts initiative. Working with 5th Ward CRC, HRP converted a woodframe house structure destined to the landfill into a performative sculpture as community stage.
Dean Ruck  house
Give and Take (2009) - "Give"
Havel Ruck Projects
house

This piece was part of the exhibition "No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston" Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX

Chuy Benitz contributed photographs of this piece - chuybenitez.com

Dean Ruck  museum, house extraction
Give and Take (2009) - "Take"
Havel Ruck Projects
museum, house extraction

This piece was part of the exhibition "No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston" Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX

Ben DeSoto contributed photographs of this piece - bendesoto.com
Dean Ruck  False Space and Time of the Apartment, Central Track, Dallas, TX
Trespass 5319 (2008)
Havel Ruck Projects
False Space and Time of the Apartment, Central Track, Dallas, TX

Dean Ruck  Collection of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, originally installed at DiverseWorks
Trespass 4416 (2007)
Havel Ruck Projects
Collection of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, originally installed at DiverseWorks

Images courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery
Dean Ruck  two bungalows
Inversion (2005)
Havel Ruck Projects
two bungalows

Art League Houston

Dean Ruck  decommissioned Navy boats
Scatter Boats (2005)
Havel Ruck Projects
decommissioned Navy boats

Commissioned by DiverseWorks, Estudio Abierto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dean Ruck  two houses, four garage apartments
Apartment Suite (2005) - 1st house
Havel Ruck Projects
two houses, four garage apartments

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