“Float”, A Presentation of New Acrylic Constructions by New York Artist Christian Haub In His First Solo Exhibition at David Richard Gallery

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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.

Christian Haub, Float For Gilberto Perez, 2015, Cast acrylic sheet, 24" x 24" x 2.5"

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, diptychs and triptychs 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 are 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.

David Richard Gallery specializes in contemporary art, both abstraction and figuration, with a mix of younger and established artists working in a variety of media. The gallery is a proponent of abstraction that emerged in the 1960s through the 80s and presents museum-quality exhibitions that explore those movements, featuring both historical figures who pioneered them as well as younger and emerging practitioners who continue to push the boundaries.

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