Large-Format Woodcuts

Haaland comes to the gallery with years of printmaking and painting experience and a startling vision of nuance, scale, and craft in developing his series of large-format, primarily single-block woodcuts. His style has developed  through the "marriage between the given and imposed" - after accepting the dictates of organic pine grain patterns and then taking the challenge to offer a series of imposed patterns (cuts & marks) and images to "compete" with that natural surface texture. His subject matter is also a duality between two worlds: the recognizable features of rural eastern Dutchess County, New York, and Western Connecticut - his boyhood and current home - and the more foreign world of patterns and marks. A feature of his work is an unintended consequence; that is, one that resulted in bridging regionalism with aspects of the abstract school.

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Haaland is currently working on a series of woodcuts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and a number of private commissions. Each numbered print is essentially a monoprint, since the process of hand transferring results in a unique impression.