Philipp Haucke (DE)

Text/Translation GHA

Philipp Haucke is a German visual artist and printmaker. His works are often the result of his detail-filled drawing series, in which the artist plays with the concepts of two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality.

In these drawings Haucke uses a monochromatic spectrum to achieve the illusion of volume and texture on paper. The artist creates forms that resemble unreal, floating and geometric figures, but also micro-organisms that seem to move on the paper.

In view of Philipp Haucke’s drawings, the viewer is certainly provoked by the unexpected complexity of the subject. The figures resemble helpless newborns, who are obviously in sleeping positions. Another glance reveals that their excessively delicate skin, created by Haucke’s ingenious use of lines, reminds one of older people.


Philipp Haucke

It is questioned whether these can be people at all. By working primarily within the monochromatic spectrum in his ink drawings, Haucke expands the boundaries of the viewer’s comfort zone.

When the cycle of life is closed, we have to deal with the concepts of being young in relation to age, life and death and the restrictions and freedoms that each life cycle brings with it.

In his graphics, Haucke employs the monochromatic spectrum of possibilities to achieve the illusion of volume and texture on a piece of paper. His latest series of prints include large dark mezzotints that depict boxes and bowls in a mysterious empty surrounding. They hypnotise the viewer by its deep vibrant black and invisible sound. The artist creates forms that resemble imaginary, floating geometric shapes. When confronted with his works, the viewer will surely be amazed by the complexity of the craftsmanship. 

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