Press Release:Jason Haufe - Exhibition at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery May 15 2016
Exhibition of recent collages by Jason Haufe
1 June – 18 June 2016
An inverse insanity is practiced by collagist Jason Haufe, for if it’s insane, as popular adage would have it, to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result, then what else could it be called to do the same thing over and over again and actually attain a different result. For that’s what Haufe does. The same process, the same methods, yet in work after work and show after show, an undeniable development that can be traced back from Haufe’s first exhibition of collages in Melbourne at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in 2014, through to shows in Sydney, Berlin, Paris and now Melbourne again.
The paper Haufe uses for collage are photocopies or blank photocopy paper. All the pieces are either photocopied from his previous collages, patterns or other found material, with some scanned and manipulated digitally on a computer and then printed and photocopied. Every time a work is produced, it adds to the sum of material that can be fed back into the process. This feedback process forces new directions and possibilities that the artist has to then choose from. Haufe’s work, in a short space of time, has gone from all-over compositions suggesting marks, to biomorphic lines, to iconic structures with strong overtones of a ‘machine aesthetic’. Many of the works in this exhibition fit somewhere in-between.
Having invented a method, the process puts forward forms and combinations the artist would never have thought of, placing an emphasis on discovery, and enriching the possibilities of abstraction.
“They see poetry in what I have done. No. I apply my methods, and that is all there is to it.” Georges Seurat
Exhibition: 1 - 18 June 2016
Location: Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
Address: Level 8 Room 16, 37 Swanston St Melbourne 3000
Phone: +61 0407 317 323
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 1pm – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm