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 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.
Only one large-format woodcut is still available through the gallery (see below) - a tour de force of carving technique and gesture!