PRESENCE

Solo exhibition available for travel.

"Radical surprise...audaciously atypical...playfully impossible." -Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune

Exhibition Program

Response to PRESENCE

Exhibition wall text:

"David Wallace Haskins produces immersive and interactive installations and sculptures that challenge perception. Introducing new ways to physically experience and understand such seemingly ephemeral phenomena as light, space, time and sound, Haskins’ poetic works offer a gentle disorientation that encourages a new awareness of the world around us.

Investigating the boundaries between presence and mystery, light and dark, heaven and earth, body and environment, self and other, interior and exterior, Haskins’ exhibition takes its form as a journey that requires a slower pace, an openness to uncertainty and a shedding of preconceived notions of how we perceive or name things we encounter. The sequence of works provides opportunities to experience light as a physical object, sound as a spatial presence, void as volume and time as something visible. The artist invites you to 'move outside of your history, the way you typically make sense of things, and allow a moment of vertigo... to find a new footing and ultimately enter into a kind of beholding that transcends language and thought.'

In addition to artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, René Magritte, Yves Klein and James Turrell, Haskins draws inspiration from other disciplines like psychology, physics, philosophy and digital technology. He works with a team of artists, developers and technicians to realize his complex installations."

Staci Boris, Chief Curator
Elmhurst Art Museum

Press Release:

"Elmhurst Art Museum presents the first solo exhibition for multi-media artist David Wallace Haskins.  Following the debut of his remarkable Skycube, currently installed on the Museum’s outdoor pavilion, Haskins' has produced 7 new site-specific installations in the exhibition galleries. Employing light, space, time and sound, these immersive and interactive works challenge visitors’ sense of perception, introducing new ways to physically experience and understand everyday phenomena. Haskins’ innovative and poetic works aim to inspire awe and wonder while connecting people through shared experiences."

Jenny Gibbs, Executive Director
Elmhurst Art Museum
 

Public Programs:

Sat, March 5, 2 pm - Tour and Talk with Artist David Wallace Haskins and guest Christopher Canfield, Soundcube technical developer

Sat, March 12, 2 pm - Kapoor, Klein, Turrell: David Wallace Haskins In Context, A Talk by Annie Morse, Senior Lecturer at The Art Institute of Chicago

Sat, March 19, 2 pm - Tour and Talk with Artist David Wallace Haskins

Sat, March 26, 2 pm - Panel Discussion: Artists Working with Light, Space and Time

Fri, April 1, 6-9 pm - World Premiere of Myrios by David Wallace Haskins, An Interactive Event

Sat, April 2, 2 pm - Tour and Talk with Artist David Wallace Haskins

Sat,  April 9, 2 pm - Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, Lecture by Stephanie D’Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago

Sat, April 16, 2 pm - Perception and Mindfulness Workshop with Artist David Wallace Haskins and Dr. Paul Holmes

Thurs, April 28, 6:30 - Book Discussion, On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation by Alexandra Horowitz

Sat, April 30, 2 pm - Tour and Talk about the Science of Light and Art with David Wallace Haskins and guest Steve Davey, Technical Operations Specialist at Argonne National Laboratory

Sat, May 7, 2 pm - Family Workshop on Looking and Listening, led by David Wallace Haskins, appropriate for children ages 5+

Skycube

Skycube

2015
Steel, glass, far infrared light film, limestone
96 x 96 x 96 in. (244 x 244 x 244 cm)
19 x 19 x 48 in. (48 x 48 x 122 cm)
Elmhurst Art Museum
Part of the Skycube series
 

Bridging sculpture, architecture and painting, Skycube brings the full vertical dimension of the sky down to the horizontal space in which we live. Seen at eye level through a square aperture cut into 6,000 pounds of steel, the moving image of the sky is not a digital projection or display, it is the actual three-dimensional sky brought to the pictorial plane.

During the day, atmospheric changes move across Skycube's exterior like a living painting continually recreating itself. Walking up to the opening reveals an interior 8 x 8 foot wall appearing as an immersive three-dimensional mural of the sky. In the evening, Skycube moves through endless hues of blue until a deep black square emerges, slowly revealing a composition of moving stars and planets.

"Infinite and immeasurable in depth. It is a painting of air, something into which you can see, through the parts which are near you, into those which are far off; something which has no surface and through which we can plunge far and farther, and without stay or end, into the profundity of space." 

John Ruskin
 

GALLERY AND PRESS:

Time-Lapse Video

Presence Video

Parallax Video

Photo Tour

TV, Radio, Print


ESSAYS: 

Daniel S. Robinson, Historian of Philosophy
The Condescension of Light

E. Paul Holmes, Psychologist
Regaining Our Balance

James P. Buban, Physicist
Breaking and Swapping Symmetry

 

 

Void Room

Void Room

2016
Wood, drywall, fabric, light
Dimensions variable

Part of David Wallace Haskins: Presence
at Elmhurst Art Museum
, March 5 - May 8, 201
 

VIDEO of Void Room at EAM
 

Void Room is an empty room that holds a towering 12-foot high black monochrome. The black pillar is so dark it cannot be seen by the human eye, encouraging a movement into the unknown and inviting the body to perceive what the eye cannot. The work contains a series of perceptual and phenomenological discoveries that can affect visitors' interior and exterior perceptions.

Skywall

Skywall

Platytera, 2014
Steel, aluminum, wood, glass, polycarbonate, 
far infrared light film, existing architecture
Total dimensions variable
Z+O Architecture + Interiors
Skywall installation series


Bridging sculpture, architecture and painting, a Skywall brings the full vertical dimension of the sky down to the horizontal space in which we live. Skywall: Platytera (Ancient Greek: Πλατυτέρα, more spacious) is built into Z+O Architecture + Interiors' conference room wall. The moving image of the sky is not a digital projection or display, it is the actual three-dimensional sky brought to the pictorial plane.

During the day, atmospheric changes move across the aperture like a living painting continually recreating itself. Walking up to it reveals confounding views available in the galleries below. In the evening Platytera moves through endless hues of blue until a deep black square emerges, slowly revealing a composition of moving stars and planets.

"Infinite and immeasurable in depth. It is a painting of air, something into which you can see, through the parts which are near you, into those which are far off; something which has no surface and through which we can plunge far and farther, and without stay or end, into the profundity of space." 

John Ruskin


GALLERY:

Photos and Video: Platytera

Photos and Video: Secondary Phenomena
 

ESSAYS, INTERVIEW, AND E-Book:

Daniel S. Robinson, Historian of Philosophy
The Condescension of Light

E. Paul Holmes, Psychologist
Regaining Our Balance

James P. Buban, Physicist
Breaking and Swapping Symmetry

Z+O Interview
Conversation with Daniel J. Simoneit, Principal Architect

Skywall: Platytera E-book Download

August 2014 Grand Opening Info

 

Untitled

Untitled

2017
Acrylic
84 x 84 x 12 in. (213 x 213 x 30.5 cm)

Proposal for Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL

 

Sky/Earth

Sky/Earth

2017
Steel, glass
96 x 96 x 96 in. (244 x 244 x 244 cm)
Part of the Skycube series

Proposal 

Sky/Earth is is an 8 foot open Skycube that is full of the sky when viewed from the front and full of the earth when viewed from the back. 

Time Mirror

Time Mirror

2016
Projector, camera, computer

Part of David Wallace Haskins: Presence
at Elmhurst Art Museum
, March 5 - May 8, 2016

VIDEO of Time Mirror at EAM

Time Mirror allows the visitor to see the self as other, to observe their movement through space and time, in third-person.

Void Mirror

Void Mirror

2016
Stainless steel, wood, fabric
48 x 48 x 6 in. (121.92 x 121.92 x 15.24 cm)

Part of EXPO CHICAGO/2016 and David Wallace Haskins: Presence at Elmhurst Art Museum, March 5 - May 8, 2016

VIDEO of Void Mirror at EAM

Juxtaposing the complete reflection and complete absorption of light, Void Mirror invites the visitor to ponder the interiority and exteriority of the self, allowing a view of the self as both matter and mystery, reflecting the physical and metaphysical.

Myrios

Myrios

2016
Computer program and mobile devices

Premiered April 1, 2016 at Elmhurst Art Museum

Myrios is an interactive installation work that syncs visitors’ mobile devices together in real-time to create connected fields of light and sound. It serves as a framework that turns mobile devices into speakers and video screens that play audio and/or visual compositions as a group. 

Untitled

Untitled

2015
Light projection
144 x 144 in. (365 x 365 cm)

Untitled

Untitled

2017
Stainless steel, aluminum
52 x 52 x 11 in. (132 x 132 x 23 cm)
The City Beautiful at Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation January - June 2017

VIDEO

Untitled (2017) is a site-responsive wall sculpture that allows viewers to see themselves straight-on from nearly every position in the room. It's inescapable gaze creates an atmosphere of surveillance and voyeurism, revealing a non-reversed true image of the self and the surrounding environment, allowing the viewer to see themselves in third person.

The work is cast from the 5-point corner of Mies van der Rohe's last American building which can be seen reflected from multiple angles in the sculpture from across the Chicago river. 

Mirror Monolith

Mirror Monolith

2016
Tempered glass, wood, and controlled lighting
96 x 18 x .5 in. (243.84 x 45.72 x 1.27 cm)

Part of David Wallace Haskins: Presence
at Elmhurst Art Museum
, March 5 - May 8, 201 

VIDEO of Mirror Monolith at EAM

Re-interpretting the power and purpose of mirrors, Mirror Monolith embraces the tension between looking at and looking through. It invites visitors to see through themselves and into the other, highlighting the dialogical nature in which we come to understand our shared commonalities and offering experiential knowledge of what it's like to look through someone else's eyes, or be in someone else's shoes.

Soundcube

Soundcube

2016
32-channel acoustic processing software
and hardware, fabric, insulation, wood, and light
12 x 12 x 12 ft. (3.7 x 3.7 x 3.7 m)

Part of David Wallace Haskins: Presence
at Elmhurst Art Museum
, March 5 - May 8, 2016

Soundcube is a sound sculpture series
that allows spatially-specific sound waves
to travel along the x,y and z axes activating
head-related transfer functions to create
an immersive three-dimensional sound
field in free air. This enables the listener
to experience sound waves as the physical
entities they are, giving them a presence
similar to any other object in space.
Participants will experience a sense of
stillness and movement both with singular
points of sound as well as monolithic walls
moving through the room, and passing right
through them.


The compositions written for this series can
be experienced in properly-equipped galleries
or via Myrios, a proprietary program created
to allow any group of individuals with internet
access to sync multiple mobile devices in the
same time and space, creating the necessary
configuration of speakers needed to
experience this installation anywhere.

Light Seeing Light

Light Seeing Light

2016
Visible and infrared light, lenses, fabric
Interactive Light Sculpture series

Part of David Wallace Haskins: Presence
at Elmhurst Art Museum
, March 5 - May 8, 2016
 

VIDEO of Light Seeing Light at EAM
 

This ongoing series of Interactive Light
Sculptures are produced without the use
of computers or animation. A proprietary
method of slowly tuning various optics to
sculpt and manipulate visible and infrared
light is used to allow the light to interact
with itself and the surrounding environment
in both controlled and uncontrolled ways. 
In the end the viewer is invited to interact
with light in a new way, as a living thing - 
gaining experiential knowledge about new
aspects of the phenomenon of light and the
physical connections we share with it. 


Interactive Light Sculpture Video Gallery

Untitled

Untitled

Oil on HDPE
12 x 12 x 4 in. (30.5 x 30.5 x 10.2 cm)

 

VOID.BLUE

VOID.BLUE

2016
Internet application via url: void.blue

Premiered Sept 22nd at EXPO CHICAGO/2016.

VOID.BLUE is an artwork of infinite space that can be freely accessed by any device through the url: void.blue. The work explores the idea of infinity, allowing visitors to move beyond the conceptual and into the experiential, to create and navigate inside infinite space held in the palm of their hand. 

Summer/Winter

Summer/Winter

2016
Audio, 10 hrs, 4-channel stereo
Sense of Place at Elmhurst Art Museum
December - February, 2017

Summer/Winter is a 10 hour sound installation that allows visitors to hear the sounds of the previous summer as they happened hour for hour, played back in synch with real time each day of the following winter. 

As visitors look out on the winter landscape they can hear sounds of cicadas, rustling maples, lawnmowers, softball games and children playing. Every sound is happening at the time it originally happened but when earth was on the other side of the sun. As darkness falls earlier and the winter landscape evolves, the contrast between what is seen and heard increases.

The most recent iteration of this work used a recording of the park outside the Elmhurst Art Museum made during museum hours in the summer of 2016. It was played back during the winter months of 2016-17 inside the museum's main gallery which offered visitors panoramic views of the park through its floor to ceiling glass.

Architecture of Light

Architecture of Light

(In progress)

LED, glass, steel, haze
144 x 144 x 144 in. (365.76 x 365.76 x 365.76 cm)


Architecture of Light is a light sculpture 
series that uses proprietary lighting
apparatus to diffuse and contain light
waves forming architectural walls of pure
light which can be configured into three-
dimensional spaces. The work invites
the viewer to experience the physicality
of light, to encounter its mass, and yet
pass through it. 

Void Sphere

Void Sphere

2016
Steel, eps, polyurethane, microfiliments
50 in. (127 cm) Diameter

Part of David Wallace Haskins: Presence
at Elmhurst Art Museum
, March 5 - May 8, 2016
 

Video of Void Sphere at EAM
 

Void Sphere is so dark that it appears to be a 2-dimensional object or hole in space. The surface of the sculpture cannot be seen by the human eye, inviting the body to perceive what the eyes cannot, transforming the work from void into volume. 

OKC Skywall

OKC Skywall

Current Proposal for Oklahoma City, OK

Video Presentation

A Skywall brings the full vertical dimension
of the sky down to the horizontal space in
which we live. It is not a digital projection
or display, it is the actual live three-
dimensional sky brought to the pictorial plane.


"Infinite and immeasurable in depth. It is a
painting of air, something into which you
can see, through the parts which are near
you, into those which are far off; something
which has no surface and through which
we can plunge far and farther, and without
stay or end, into the profundity of space." 

John Ruskin 

Skycube III

Skycube III

(In progress)

#8 stainless steel, far infrared light film
60 x 60 x 60 in. (152 x 152 x 152 cm)
Part of the Skycube series

 

A Skycube is a self-contained version
of a Skywall. It brings the full vertical
dimension of the sky down to the
horizontal space in which we live. It is
not a digital projection or display.

The Portal

The Portal

(In progress)

Concrete, glass, aluminum, steel, HD LED panels, HD cameras, microphones, speakers
View: Chicago, IL USA 


"The world has never truly had to develop an ethic of interdependence rooted in our common humanity. And if we do it, the 21st century will be the most interesting, exciting, peaceful era in history."

W. J. Clinton

"In all the arts, there is a physical component which can no longer be considered or treated as it used to be, which cannot remain unaffected by our modern knowledge and power. For the last twenty years neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial. We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art."

Paul Valery



INTRODUCTION

The Portal brings together individuals from around the world into familiar time and space. It builds new bridges and perspectives for how we see the world around us. It is a window for us to look through, out beyond the limits of its own technology.

The Portal is a double-sided wall that is broadcasting a live view of another city on one side and on the opposite side broadcasting a live view of a wilderness area outside that city. This allows young and old alike to connect with cultures they might never be able to visit simply by walking by the installation. And by walking around to the other side visitors can relax on benches or blankets and take in whatever surprises nature might have to offer as it is happening at that very moment. Throughout the day these visions will change as The Portal links up with another city or wilderness area around the world every 30-60 minutes, enabling you to always see something new each time you visit.


PART I:  THE CITY

Not only can you see others from another city  but you can even hear them and talk to them as well. This experience and interaction leads to a renewed sense of perception, the elusive awareness of the individuality and yet profound similarity we share with all peoples near and far.

This installation is an artwork in and of itself, but the natural surroundings, the visitors and passerby's become an integral part of the piece as well. Simply and magically it brings the viewer into intimate contact with another culture and urban setting from around the globe, acting as a literal portal into an unfamiliar world. You participate in a synergistic loop where you are both participating in the art and the viewing of it. This is experienced both individually and communally, locally and globally.

The applications of having open Portals set up in different cities and cultures around the world are endless. The Portal becomes a defining tool of innovation for the city, connecting cities with each other in new and creative ways. Everything from concerts to simulcasting world events in ways never before experienced will be possible. As pioneering artistic minds begin to see the possibilities and think creatively about what could be done with this kind of world-connection we are bound to see innovative applications arise.


PART II:  THE WILDERNESS

The Portal doesn't stop at enabling you to partake in experiential connection with other cities and cultures, it also brings us into close contact with the beautiful wilderness/wildlife areas outside those cities. It does this on the opposite side of the wall or by simply fading between a broadcast of the wilderness and the city every other 30-60 minutes.

Viewers get to intimately see and hear the vibrant sights and sounds of nature up close as they are actually happening live. Playful monkeys leaping through a jungle, an Amazon rainforest teeming with exotic creatures, the northern lights glowing vibrantly overhead, or the Great Barrier Reef colorfully flashing and flittering with otherworldly life; each particular environment fills the viewer with wonder and awe at the serene and bustling complexity these unscathed regions posses. Part of the fun is never knowing what will happen next. One moment you could be stilled by watching a calm and quiet landscape before a storm and the next moment awakened by a stampede of elephants.


SUMMARY

The Portal connects us to the world around us in new and profound ways. It inspires us with the earnestness and playfulness with which nature fills her daily routine, while observing the unique way a local culture is affected by it's surrounding wilderness and how that wilderness is in turn affected by the culture. The Portal's juxtaposition of city alongside city alongside its respective wilderness creates a radical ecological, geographical, and spatial paradigm shift which soberly reminds us of the interdependence we share with one another and in turn with the wild spaces around us for both physical and spiritual survival.




THE PORTAL IN 360 DEGREES:  INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURE

The Cube or Sphere Portal takes The Portal to a new level by surrounding you on all 6 sides, completely and immersively transporting you to another world, transitioning smoothly between the city and wilderness at different times of the day. On the inside you see a live 360 degree broadcast of another city or wilderness. On the outside walls of the structure you see a live broadcast of the inside of the Cube or Sphere Portal you are linked to so you can connect with the people from that culture.

One of the most interesting design aspects of this 360 degree structure is that in some senses it will behave like invisible architecture. It's a very hard thing to describe but since the outside structure of "Portal A" is a live screen showing the interior of the inside of "Portal B", which it's linked to, and since the inside of "Portal B" is broadcasting a live view on it's interior walls of the live surroundings of "Portal A" then in essence if you were standing outside looking at "Portal A" you would see the people standing inside of "Portal B" and "Portal A" from a certain vantage point would seem invisible because everything in the background of "Portal B" is what is in the actual background where you are standing outside of "Portal A". The same is true if you were standing outside looking at the exterior walls of "Portal B". Again, this is an extremely hard concept to understand but if you would ever enjoy a personal explanation, please contact us. 


BEYOND THE PORTAL:  PARTNERING WITH EXISTING ORGANIZATIONS

Working together with non-profits, environmental organizations and corporations will help generate creative ways to staff each Portal location with representatives that can help visitors understand more about the cultures, cities, and wilderness they are connecting with. By working alongside these organizations The Portal can not only function as an apparatus that ports people to other worlds, but to also do so physically. The hope is to help underprivileged individuals that visit The Portal who might perhaps see a vision of a world they never knew existed or never thought they could possibly visit,  do just that. Helping them see in real life the visions they beheld in The Portal by working with organizations that can help send them with a team of other volunteers to work and serve in another culture and/or wilderness area. This has the potential to have a positive impact on the individual life of those who leave their homes to encounter this new culture as well as affect their own community and bring about real dynamic growth and change to the cities and the wilderness they visit and return to for generations to come. 

We are in the midst of working towards bringing this unique installation into existence around the world. If you have any interest in helping us do so, or have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us below.

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*As mentioned The Portal has many other artistic applications beyond those described here, some of which Haskins has been working towards since 1996. It is our firm belief that structures like these will be used in cities worldwide for many different public and private events and that larger versions of The Cube in particular will essentially become the auditoriums of the future. They will host everything from the new cinema, to live theater, symphonies, and rock concerts in ways never before imagined, not to mention new art forms yet to be created that will be inspired by the unique freedoms made available in these spaces. If the development of these ideas interests you please contact us.

 

 

© 2004-15 David Wallace Haskins

 

Skywall

Skywall

2010
Steel, aluminum, wood, glass, existing architecture
Total dimensions variable
Private residence
Skywall installation series

Bridging sculpture, architecture and painting, Skywall brings the full vertical dimension of the sky down to the horizontal space in which we live. The moving image of the sky is not a digital projection or display—it is the actual three-dimensional sky brought to the pictorial plane.

During the day, atmospheric changes move across Skywall like a living painting continually recreating itself. In the evening it moves through endless hues of blue until a deep black square emerges, slowly revealing a composition of moving stars and planets.

"Infinite and immeasurable in depth. It is a painting of air, something into which you can see, through the parts which are near you, into those which are far off; something which has no surface and through which we can plunge far and farther, and without stay or end, into the profundity of space." 

John Ruskin

 

Advent

Advent

2011
Cotton matboard, proprietary pigment
process, extruded polystyrene, natural
and fluorescent light
30 x 30 x 7 in. (76.2 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Void Painting series

A Void Painting is a combination of
sculpture and painting that invites the
viewer to engage the work progressively
in 2, 3, and 4 dimensions.

Untitled

Untitled

2012
Cotton matboard, gesso, extruded
polystyrene, natural and fluorescent light
33 x 33 x 7 in. (83.8 x 83.8 x 17.8 cm)
Void Painting series


Void Painting is a combination of
sculpture and painting that invites the
viewer to engage the work progressively
in 2, 3, and 4 dimensions.

Advent II

Advent II

2012
Cotton matboard, proprietary pigment
process, extruded polystyrene,
natural and fluorescent light
33 x 33 x 7 in. (83.8 x 83.8 x 17.8 cm)
Void Painting series


Void Painting is a combination of
sculpture and painting that invites the
viewer to engage the work progressively
in 2, 3, and 4 dimensions.

Sky, Blue

Sky, Blue

2012
Cotton matboard, steel, glass, aluminum,
existing architecture
Total dimensions variable
Void Painting and Skywall installation series


Top half: Skywall
Bottom half: Void Painting


The Skywall series brings the full vertical
dimension of the sky down to the picture
plane. It is the actual, live, three-
dimensional sky hovering on a wall. 


A Void Painting is a combination of
sculpture and painting that invites the
viewer to engage the work progressively
in 2, 3, and 4 dimensions.

Untitled

Untitled

2010
Limited edition C-print
Sun Field series

Untouched photographs of the sun and sky taken
through organic apertures.

 

Untitled

Untitled

2014
Limited edition C-print
Sun Field series

Untouched photographs of the sun and sky taken
through organic apertures.

Untitled

Untitled

2014
Limited edition C-print
Sun Field series

Untouched photographs of the sun and sky taken
through organic apertures.