November 3, 2013
Press Release - Christian Haub "Float"


November 13 through December 31, 2015 

Opening Reception: Friday, November 13 from 5:00-7:00 PM

David Richard Gallery, LLC
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284

“Float”, A Presentation of New Acrylic Constructions by New York Artist Christian Haub In His First Solo Exhibition at David Richard Gallery
David Richard Gallery will present new three-dimensional colorful 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 single works, diptychs and triptychs of sizes ranging from 24 inches square to 48 x 52 inches and up to 48 x 80 inches with 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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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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