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Foto: Tobias Kegler

Philipp Haager

Stuttgart , Germany

Painting • Born in Stuttgart • Studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main

Published  20/05/2016   |   Updated  28/09/2019

Clouds & Nebula

Hubble Deep Field is what NASA calls the deepest image of the universe ever recorded in the range of visible light. The region of the sky selected for the image contains hardly any distracting bright stars in the foreground. The chosen area is located in the constellation Fornax, southwest of Orion.

In what he calls his 'Haager Deep Field', Philipp Haager scans dark places where so far little to nothing has been presumed to exist....

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Hubble Deep Field is what NASA calls the deepest image of the universe ever recorded in the range of visible light. The region of the sky selected for the image contains hardly any distracting bright stars in the foreground. The chosen area is located in the constellation Fornax, southwest of Orion.

In what he calls his 'Haager Deep Field', Philipp Haager scans dark places where so far little to nothing has been presumed to exist. He doesn’t need a telescope, because what happens on his large-format canvases is not a retinal image but a correlate of what takes place behind the retina, a time exposure of the inner eye. Haager detects particles of light and logs light traces.

The fields created through this scattered light recall the nebulas of far-off galaxies. Blurring dominates here, as the threshold of the concrete dissolves in a repetitive process of continuous fractalization. Haager thus does chaos research, by zeroing in on the complexity and self-similarity of spatial structures and in this way reducing the nature of the universe to the plane of light poetry. Infinity, constant re-formation, creative redundancy – they all culminate in a dynamic state that consists in a sequence of steady transitions: the nebula, a cloud of light.

In this great big cloud that gathers together everything that ever was and ever will be, Haager’s Deep Field is a mega-download of our endless image cosmos.

Hansjörg Fröhlich


Haager’s atmospheric, mostly large-format images are produced in a lengthy process of layering countless ink glazes onto water-soaked unprimed canvases.
In a stunning, finely nuanced interplay of luminescence and opacity, light-flooded pictorial spaces open up – despite the often exclusive use of black and grey tones – that display a fascinating iridescence, perhaps conveying what Haager would call a “memory of nature”.
For all that his painting series, bearing titles such as “Nebula”, “Near Field” and “Haager Deep Field”, allude to the enigmatic and impenetrable, to what we as humans are not always able to readily grasp or identify, to origins and the universe, they are in fact deeply rooted in the psychological topography of a collective image memory.

In addition to his large-format paintings from those series, Haager has recently taken up producing small ink pieces he calls “Bonsai”. These borrow from various Asian painting traditions while addressing the fleeting and spontaneous qualities of plein-air and watercolour painting. In one sense they serve as sketches, like seedlings or cuttings that will grow into larger pictures or later be translated into a larger format, but at the same time they are also miniatures representing large paintings that already exist.

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Haager Deep Field (The blow-ups) 2015 / #2 Surge Nebula, #1 Twinkle Nebula, #3 Glitter Nebula

Haager Deep Field (The blow-ups) 2015 / #2 Surge Nebula, #1 Twinkle Nebula, #3 Glitter Nebula

HDF #8 (Pissarro Nebula) / 2015 / 150 x 150 cm / Indian ink, unprimed canvas

HDF #8 (Pissarro Nebula) / 2015 / 150 x 150 cm / Indian ink, unprimed canvas

'Paramountscope' 2013 / Nahfeld Phase 15 & Phase 16 (melting memory: red & green) / 170 x 270 cm / Indian ink, linen

'Paramountscope' 2013 / Nahfeld Phase 15 & Phase 16 (melting memory: red & green) / 170 x 270 cm / Indian ink, linen

Nahfeld Phase 10 (melting memory: white), 2012 / 210 x 270 cm / Indian ink, raw linen

Nahfeld Phase 10 (melting memory: white), 2012 / 210 x 270 cm / Indian ink, raw linen

Nahfeld Phase #23 (Redgrey Nebula) / 2016 / 170 x 260 cm / Indian ink, raw linen

Nahfeld Phase #23 (Redgrey Nebula) / 2016 / 170 x 260 cm / Indian ink, raw linen

Nahfeld, Phase 16 (Melting Memory: green), 2013 / 170 x 270 cm / Indian ink, raw linen

Nahfeld, Phase 16 (Melting Memory: green), 2013 / 170 x 270 cm / Indian ink, raw linen

HDF #15 Asian Nebula / 2017 / 170 x 260 cm / Indian ink, raw linen

HDF #15 Asian Nebula / 2017 / 170 x 260 cm / Indian ink, raw linen

'Colorfield Nebula', 2011 / Nahfeld Phase 9, 150 x 140 cm / Phase 2 / Phase 4 / Phase 8 / 190 x 210 cm, Indian ink, canvas

'Colorfield Nebula', 2011 / Nahfeld Phase 9, 150 x 140 cm / Phase 2 / Phase 4 / Phase 8 / 190 x 210 cm, Indian ink, canvas

Nahfeld Phase #22 Ancient Nebula / 2016 (2006) / 180 x 210 cm / Indian ink, raw canvas

Nahfeld Phase #22 Ancient Nebula / 2016 (2006) / 180 x 210 cm / Indian ink, raw canvas

HDF #19 Eggshell Nebula / 2016 (2006/2013) / 180 x 210 cm / Indian ink, raw canvas

HDF #19 Eggshell Nebula / 2016 (2006/2013) / 180 x 210 cm / Indian ink, raw canvas

Nahfeld Phase #3 / 2009 / 190 x 210 cm / Indian ink, raw canvas

Nahfeld Phase #3 / 2009 / 190 x 210 cm / Indian ink, raw canvas

Series Bonsai (Shohin) / 2019 / 13 x 18 cm / Indian ink, watercolour, canvas

Series Bonsai (Shohin) / 2019 / 13 x 18 cm / Indian ink, watercolour, canvas

HDF #25 (Black Butterfly Nebula) / 2018 / 210 x 170 cm / Indian ink, canvas

HDF #25 (Black Butterfly Nebula) / 2018 / 210 x 170 cm / Indian ink, canvas

HDF (Dome Paintings) / 2019 / 180 x 150 cm / Indian ink, canvas

HDF (Dome Paintings) / 2019 / 180 x 150 cm / Indian ink, canvas

Nahfeld (Nearfield) Phase # 24 (Turquoise Nebula) / 2019 / 170 x 230 cm / Indian ink, unprimed linen

Nahfeld (Nearfield) Phase # 24 (Turquoise Nebula) / 2019 / 170 x 230 cm / Indian ink, unprimed linen

HDF #09 (Persian Nebula) / 2016 / 150 x 150 cm / Indian ink, unprimed canvas

HDF #09 (Persian Nebula) / 2016 / 150 x 150 cm / Indian ink, unprimed canvas

Series Bonsai (Yamadori) / 2019 / 100 x 80 cm / Indian ink, watercolour, canvas

Series Bonsai (Yamadori) / 2019 / 100 x 80 cm / Indian ink, watercolour, canvas

Series Bonsai (Tyrol Yamadori) / 2019 / 80 x 60 cm / Indian ink & pastel on canvas

Series Bonsai (Tyrol Yamadori) / 2019 / 80 x 60 cm / Indian ink & pastel on canvas

HDF #28 (Light Rose Nebula) / 2019 / 140 x 140 cm / Indian ink, unprimed canvas

HDF #28 (Light Rose Nebula) / 2019 / 140 x 140 cm / Indian ink, unprimed canvas

Series Bonsai (Shohin) / 2019 / 13 x 18 cm / Indian ink, watercolour, canvas

Series Bonsai (Shohin) / 2019 / 13 x 18 cm / Indian ink, watercolour, canvas

HDF #32 (Matte Nebula - Once there was blue) / 2019 / 150 x 150 cm / Indian ink, canvas

HDF #32 (Matte Nebula - Once there was blue) / 2019 / 150 x 150 cm / Indian ink, canvas

HDF #26 (Scorpio Nebula) / 2018 / 170 x 210 cm / Indian ink, unprimed canvas

HDF #26 (Scorpio Nebula) / 2018 / 170 x 210 cm / Indian ink, unprimed canvas

Series Bonsai (Yamadori) / 2019 / 28 x 23 cm / Indian ink, fabric stretched on wood

Series Bonsai (Yamadori) / 2019 / 28 x 23 cm / Indian ink, fabric stretched on wood


GALLERIES

Strzelski Galerie | http://www.strzelski.de/philipp-haager

RAUMSECHS | http://raumsechs.de/kuenstler/Haager/

artplosiv | https://www.artplosiv.de/künstler/philipp-haager/

PUBLICATIONS

VERLASSEN AUF MEIN HERZ / RELYING ON MY HEART - Philipp Haager (Hrsg.), anlässlich der Ausstellung in der Galerie im Künstlerhaus Leonberg; mit einem Vorwort des Herausgebers und Texten von Thomas Grötz & Frank-Thorsten Moll 134 S., 54 farbige & 11 s/w Abbildungen, Deutsch / Englisch, Atelier Philipp Haager; Ditzingen 2018 - ISBN 978-3-00-058945-4

PHASIS - Philipp Haager, Helmut A. Müller (Hrsg.), Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Mit Texten von Frank-Thorsten Moll, Helmut A. Müller, erschienen im Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg 2010, 64 S., Deutsch / Englisch - ISBN 978-3-86828-154-5

LUFTKUNST - LUFT ALS MATERIAL VON MYTHEN UND MEDIUM DER KUNST - Frank Thorsten Moll und Ursula Zeller (Hrsg.), Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen; mit einem Vorwort von Ursula Zeller und Texten von Frank-Thorsten Moll, Friedrichshafen 2011, 48 S. - ISBN 978-3-86136-146-6

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