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Christian Haub

9th Oct 2013

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They have the lightness of a rainbow and the compositional passion and balance of a Mondrian painting, all the while in a translucent and three-dimensional stance. Series New Floats by New York artist Christian Haub is not only made of planes of suspended acrylic glass but also of coloured and geometric rays, able to fluctuate and refract light - beautiful!

Christian Haub started working in 1990, with simply a series of painted objects and sheets of transparent acrylic, called Floats, for the way in which they appeared to float on the surface of where hanged. His latest series presents an evolution of that work through new sculptures, while using the same acrylic glass (poly-methyl methacrylate, in chemical slang), but varying the tone and density so that they interact with both artificial and natural light to obtain a dynamic surface.

Observing them in a gallery – such as in his latest solo show at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York – means discovering their cinematic side and catching them mutate in form with every movement through brilliant trompe-l’oeils. "Acrylic glass reaches a high luminosity without effort", Christian tells us, who used different brands like Plexiglass, Acrylite, or Chemcast for his works, alternating thicker, opaque strips with thinner, transparent ones. The result is a collection of artistic landscapes that look towards Pop Art and Minimalism, but also towards the neon lamp installations of Dan Flavin.

Art critic John Haber has even commented that the work "looks so light because it collects light, like oils. The work may sound like sculpture, but Haub is still painting. No wonder Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe has compared him to both media, in Charles Biederman and Ilya Bolotowsky. Haub’s broadest acrylic sheets are most often opaque, the narrower strips nearly transparent, with the simplicity of red, yellow, and blue. Both are at once his canvas and his color fields. They also allow a third dimension to the vertical and horizontal fields, coming right out of the picture plane—but they are first and foremost colors."

Christian is currently taking part in the Julian Pretto Gallery show at Minus Space in Brooklyn. He also has his own exhibition scheduled for February 2014 at Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston (for a second time) and will participate at Pulse Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach.

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