ART SHOW: HAZE'S "NEW MATHEMATICS" AT KNOWN GALLERY
With strong roots in the graphic arts, New York-based artist Haze has crafted a vocabulary of personal symbolism that delivers departures of an abstract and minimalist nature.
Recognized worldwide for more than three decades for his iconic design work and artistic productions – From the Beastie Boys to Casio to Nike – the 21st Century has also seen Haze returning to his fine art roots. His work in acrylic, ink and charcoal culminated in a critically acclaimed solo exhibition in 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hong Kong. Now, with New Mathematics, the artist continues to promote a bold new language that reflects a truly unique style and vision.
Building on his commitment to the development of more organic personal work, New Mathematics displays a complex relationship between design, gesture and abstraction, incorporating geometric elements both with and without a basis in typography.
With repetition and the interplay of positive and negative as an underlying theme, New Mathematics reveals the development of a mature signature iconography that epitomizes Haze’s fine art work.
The roots of Haze’s history as a graffiti artist can also be felt in the nature of New Mathematics, with both speed and control as determining factors in the end result. Trading in the perfection of the imperfect, the intuitive confidence of stroke and line quality displayed in this new collection offers a celebration of form and gesture over narrative, presenting a fully realized dialectic that is steeped in the majestic flow of his signature hand style.
With this new body of work consisting of 35 new paintings and 15 new drawings, Haze marks yet another evolution in his commitment to expanding the scope of his creative process.
Text and Photos By Sunny Phono