The debate surrounding the counter-monument and its commemorative role opens a discussion into the nature of sculptural practice in the present. Young (1992) described the counter monument’s premise of rejecting imposed meta-narratives and values in order to incite reflection by the public that is deeply affected by contemporary and historical events. The present project differs from Young’s proposal and his selected artists on how to achieve this reflection. For instance, this creative project has no bias against traditional practice when it comes to constructing anti-monuments. Producing the Monuments Nobody Asked For: The Counter monument and Anti-heroic promotes creativity free of any social compromise and constraints from public commissions or committees or special interest groups. In addition, this work critically addresses unconventional themes and topics that otherwise would not be spoken about or remembered. To sculpt is to question and inquire through irony, satire, and humor while subverting conventional standards and expectations.
Howard Taikeff was born in 1960 and grew up in New York City. He has been a practicing sculptor for 35 years. He received a B.A in 1982 from the University of California at Santa Cruz and recently received his MFA in 2018 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, both in Sculpture.
In addition, Taikeff has done many important commissions in Quito and abroad for the Municipality, National Government of Ecuador and private entities. Since 1997, he has held a full-time teaching position at the Universidad San Francisco Quito in Ecuador, where he has been living for the past 25 years.