In Henri Haake’s exhibition DREAMLINER the attention of the viewer first goes to the large blue diptych Kosmos and the intense blue color that dominates the work.
Legs of several persons flow around in the large work at different distances. The blue is both dense and transparent. The color creates a room of great depth as well as fills it out and almost overflows from the canvas into the actual room.
In another work Honey Lotion the viewer’s gaze is cut off by a shower curtain, which blocks almost the entire canvas. The paint that poses as a plastic shower curtain is see-through and allows us to see two figures inside the shower. As in Kosmos the sense of space in the work is built through a dynamic relationship between color, different painterly technics, and the figures. The works have their own kind of pictorial depth, but also come towards the viewer.
Haake’s motives are in general collected from the everyday and would in real life not necessarily present themselves as memorable or noticeable. In Haake’s paintings the perspective is though often very different from our normal human experience. It seems like the odd perspective, that Haake offers the viewer, imbues the mundane scene with both presence and a poetic charm.
Henri Haake (b. 1989 Lübeck, Germany) studied at the Universität der Künste Berlin and lives and works in Berlin. He recently showed the solo exhibition Honey Lotion at Office Impart, Berlin. He has participated in exhibitions at Kunstverein Arnsberg, Nicole Gnesa, Munich and Rundgænger, Frankfurt.
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