18 May 2008

invited guest: Art Haegenbarth

That Art picked up a camera and began to take photos couldn’t have been foreseen, as he earned a degree in philosophy, not art. His images are so original and unexpected that I am reminded of Andre Breton’s phrase, “Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all.”
Art's mind and his eyes collaborate to create works that are nothing less than astonishing. His mind's eye becomes existentially present in the moment of the release of the shutter.
The works presented here are some of his first photos. I was drawn to them for their textures, whether smooth and sensuous or rough and abject. Art doesn't avoid difficult compositional situations; in fact, he uses those situations to his visual advantage.
The abstraction in his photos subverts the usual way of arriving at a deep emotional experience. Art doesn't present cliches or symbols of emotion, but through the properties of the photograph, allows the viewer to find their own response to the image.
As a viewer, I find surfaces that almost have no illusion of depth…one's eyes must move across the surface and find what is there, like reading a page of text.
Other images are tough, abject markings/traces of written negations.
Art is touching the world.
Art's statement: A true communication sometimes appears to be one sentence, which is much more than thousands of billions of images. You shall not wait for a decisive moment; it is in your every breath.
You can see more of Art's work on his website
--invited by bea rowland


Anonymous said...

interesting pictures. thank you!
- f.s.

Mikael said...

Yes, Interesting, some pics really captures me and make me think a bit more!

Anonymous said...

again, fantastic images. especially the green one with the houses, which I can't stop thinking of. I will send you an email about it.
- f. skott

renata said...

crongratulations!! andn thanks

ulf said...

I like your abstract work very much. Thanks for sharing. Brilliant colours!

Rhonda said...

Yes, now I remember these...the images do take you away!