CRITIC´S PICK // ARTNEWS // MAY 2011
Prof. David Galloway ist Kurator und Kunstkritiker. Unter anderem arbeitet er für den „International Herald Tribune und ist Korrespondent für „art news“. Von 1977 - 78 leitete er das Museum of Contemporary Art in Teheran.
Many of Haug’s latest works have been inspired by visits to Provence. In response to the wildfires of 2003, he began incorporating fragments of burned wood into his compositions. Then, at a flea market, he chanced upon a metal figure of Christ broken off its cross. He created a mold, made multiple casts of the figure, and then sank them into a molten bed of wax, leaving some of them invisible, while others stand out in sharp relief. Although denying that the works deal explicitly with religion, Haug nonethe- less concedes, “All my work is concerned with aspects of spirituality.” This includes a recent series about how fate—biological and social—affects individual destiny. Here his subjects included a murderer, an AIDS patient, and a young man with Down syndrome. In one of his most extensive series, Haug explored the life and work of American expatri- ate artist Douglas Johnson, who died in Provence more than a decade ago.
By chance Haug encountered slides that Johnson had made as studies for his work, along with photos of himself as a young man. “I was drawn to them like a magnet,” Haug comments. Inspired by Johnson, Haug’s faces and figures seem to vanish beneath depths of wax and tar, or rise up- ward to confront the viewer directly. It is precisely this dialectic between concealing and re- vealing that lends Haug’s work its drama and authenticity.