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Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Michael Haggiag at Galleria Ca' d'Oro

Michael Haggiag at Galleria Ca' d'Oro

Image above: ©Michael Haggiag, Blue Wall / Courtesy of Galleria Ca' d'Oro

Galleria Ca' d'Oro presented the work of Michael Haggiag with his series Close Encounters. Michael Haggiag is a filmmaker and producer as well as a visual artist. He founded Global Arts Productions in London to make art films for Sotheby’s and went on to make award-winning drama and documentaries for the UK and international markets. Three years ago he moved back to New York after a lifetime of living and working in Europe: “It was a Rip Van Winkle experience,” he says. “ The America I knew as a boy had of course disappeared but a sense of familiarity lingered that I could almost touch.”

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Brush Stroke_72dpi
Image above: ©Michael Haggiag, Brush Stroke / Courtesy of Galleria Ca' d'Oro

Michael’s artwork explores the tension between the familiar and the unknown; the ambiguity of near and far; the interplay of representation and the abstract. “The more familiar we are with our surroundings,” he believes, “the less likely we are to actually see them.” His images contain the strong geometry and colors we often see in abstract paintings, but they also make us feel the intensity of every day objects and surfaces:

“My photos are abstract but they start from mundane reality: walls, pavements, metal siding, bark. It’s this reality that provides the touchstone for each image”

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Dawn Rome_1
Image above: ©Michael Haggiag, Dawn Rome / Courtesy of Galleria Ca' d'Oro

Close Encounters follows three exhibitions in Italy in 2015. Although similar in theme, the present show is mostly new work and displayed in a different key:

“The Ca’D’Oro New York gallery space is a fantastic opportunity to work on a large scale. At the same time I always want my pictures to be as tactile as possible. Printing on canvas and metal as well as paper has allowed me to create new composite works using multiple imagery.”

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Painters Table_Middle_copy
Image above: ©Michael Haggiag, Painters Table, Middle / Courtesy of Galleria Ca' d'Oro

The photographs were taken in many places around the world including London, Rome, New York, California and Mexico. Yet this collection is as much about the process of seeing as it is about what is seen. The British journalist and fellow Zen practitioner Bruce Ginsberg reviewed an earlier exhibit in these words:

”Michael Haggiag surfaces are framed absorption moments that leave our senses dancing within their natural rhythms. We sense that it is the same experience his own absorption brought him.”

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Paper Trees series_center
Image above: ©Michael Haggiag ,Paper Trees series, center / Courtesy of Galleria Ca' d'Oro
Michael Haggiag: Close Encounters is on view at Galleria Ca' d'Oro until April 26, 2016 at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY
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