CHRISTIAN HAUB
Float
November 11, 2015 - January 16, 2016
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, November 13, 2015 5:00 - 7:00 PM

CHRISTIAN HAUB_ David Richard Gallery

The focus of Haub's artwork is on color and luminosity, which are a function and interaction of pigment, surface and light. The newest constructions, called “Floats”, read as paintings but are comprised of open geometric wall sculptures that allow light to pass through the transparent acrylic sheets and cast colored shadows that mix and blend like transparent layers of watercolors.

David Richard Gallery will present new colorful three-dimensional acrylic constructions by New York-based artist Christian Haub in his first solo exhibition with the gallery. These sculptural pieces read as paintings, comprised of both single works and diptychs of sizes ranging from 24 inches square to 48 x 52 inches and up to 48 x 80 inches and each 2.5 to 4.5 inches in depth. The exhibition, "Float”, will be presented November 13 through December 31, 2015 with an artist reception on Friday, November 13 from 5:00-7:00 PM. The gallery is located at 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

The “Floats” by Christian Haub are  constructions made of transparent and opaque strips of acrylic, assembled such that the flat acrylic panels are perpendicular to the wall creating a series of open shelves with intersecting vertical supports. They hang on walls like paintings, yet the reductive palette and open structure creates an interesting geometric sculpture. However, it is the unique combination of the transparent colored acrylic panels and incident light that allows colors to mingle and combine like watercolors, creating new hues and a luminosity that only comes from the combination of light and many thin translucent layers of pigment. The colors are ethereal as the cast shadows move and change with the natural shift of the angle and spectrum of light throughout the day and as the viewer moves about the space. The hues spill out beyond the acrylic borders of the artwork, making it larger than the footprint and more dynamic.

In addition to the constructions made of acrylic panels, Haub also creates paintings on linen. Both bodies of work address color and luminosity, which is a function and interaction of pigment, surface and light. The “Floats” emerged out of painting—by first painting on Plexiglas and then eventually using just the colored and clear acrylic panels to create the constructions. Later, his paintings evolved and changed as they became influenced by the process of creating the Floats—in that they became rectilinear, moving away from any suggestion of curves and gestures.

Haub, A New York-based artist, grew up in Miami, Florida and studied art history at Princeton University. He received the Rome Prize in painting and studied at the American Academy in Rome in 1984. Haub has had numerous solo exhibitions and his artwork included in many gallery and museum exhibitions in New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; Paris, France; and Lima, Peru, among other cities. His artwork has been critically reviewed in The New York Times, Los Angels Times, The Boston Globe, Art In America, Arts Magazine, Artspace and BOMB among other publications.

Float for Althea Gibson Christian Haub
Float for Althea Gibson
Cast acrylic sheet
2014
24 x 26 x 2.5 inches
 
Float for Gilberto Perez Christian Haub
Float for Gilberto Perez
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
24 x 24 x 2.5 inches
 
Float for Tom Troy Christian Haub
Float for Tom Troy
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
48 x 52 x 4.5 inches
 
Float for Roger McCormick Christian Haub
Float for Roger McCormick
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
24 x 24 x 2.5 inches
 
Float for Mac Claflin Christian Haub
Float for Mac Claflin
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
24 x 24 x 2.5 inches
 
Float for June Carter Cash Christian Haub
Float for June Carter Cash
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
80 x 48 x 4.5 inches
 
Float for Jean McCormick Christian Haub
Float for Jean McCormick
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
36 x 36 x 3.5 inches
 
Float for Eddie Cochrane Christian Haub
Float for Eddie Cochrane
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
36 x 36 x 3.5 inches
 
Float for Doris Hart Christian Haub
Float for Doris Hart
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
24 x 24 x 2.5 inches
 
Fugitive Float for Nikola Miljkovic Christian Haub
Fugitive Float for Nikola Miljkovic
Cast acrylic sheet
2015
52 x 48 x 4.5 inches
 
Float for Linda Salerno Christian Haub
Float for Linda Salerno
Cast acrylic sheet
2013
36 x 36.25 x 3.5 inches
 

David Richard Gallery, LLC | 1570 Pacheco Street, A1, Santa Fe, NM 87505 | p (505) 983-9555 | f (505) 983-1284
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