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Empire Line
A Solo Exhibition by Christopher Haun

Oct 18, 2007-Nov 24, 2007

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Opening Reception: Thursday, October 18th, 6 8pm 

ZONE: Chelsea Center Center for the Arts is delighted to announce a major exhibition of new work by Christopher Haun. This is his first solo exhibition since joining the gallery.


Christopher Haun explores the historically fertile borderline between abstraction and landscape, building on his intimate familiarity with two uniquely American regions, the Hudson River and the California coast. The title of the exhibition, Empire Line, derives from Haun뭩 recent series based on his commuting experience on Amtrak뭩 eponymous train service. From his train car, Haun watches the same majestic panorama of a quintessential American landscape that inspired the nation뭩 first great art movement, the Hudson River School. Haun distills this sense of continuity the temporal as well as spatial fluidity of the Hudson in his wide, narrow-format images.  Empire Line, AM, West View, 2007 abstracts the riverside view, playing a broad band of magenta against the broken rhythm of multitude of rectangles and vertical strips.


Haun뭩 background as an architectural draftsman is evident in his meticulous craftsmanship, giving Precisionist clarity of Charles Sheeler to a Romantic subject.  Haun뭩 materials and method underscore the complexity of his approach.  He has an affinity for Pop Art, most readily seen in his colorful collages that are comprised of a variety of everyday paper materials.  He constructs his tightly controlled zips of landscape from collage elements which have strong personal associations surfing magazines, a testament to his passion for the sport, and gallery invitation cards for artists he admires. In some works, vibrantly colored steel, aluminum and vinyl add to the dialogue between nature and commercialization, a theme explored by the Hudson River School painters as well as Pop Artists.


The landscape genre is intrinsically Romantic, and painterly looseness is often considered part of that paradigm.  But Haun뭩 passion for nature is distilled into precise diagrams of moments in time.  Intimations of personal history add subtle layers of meaning to the visually cogent compositions of this elegant draftsman and colorist.

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