Artist Statement and CV
I consider my work to be heavily influenced by my interest in Anthropology – Biological and Sociological. The work is, at some level, my attempt to explore the origins and usefulness of my subjects in relation to their surroundings. It is an effort in seeking the “how” and “why” and not just the “what.” I am not always convinced that is readable to others, but it is certainly my constant.
I lean greatly towards the exploration of “space” in my process. Not stars and planets, but open areas, room. Breathing space. I fail this so much more often than I accomplish it, but I wonder where I would be without any attempt at all.
I paint in many layers, so acrylic has been my go-to medium for its drying time. A lifetime could be had in the time it takes oil paint to dry. Recently I have used other mediums as well: mostly pencil, oil pastels and markers. Basically, I use whatever materials and tools I need and have that will better get my point across.
I am always asking myself the question “Why bother with this?” Any subject, material, paint or tool that I can use to answer this question for myself, I will use.
Artist Statement Version 2:
Flashback to 1988. The scene: Rural Iowa.
My friend and I sat in his beat-up car in the middle of a rural Iowa park and embarked upon the great process of rolling a giant joint using a page we had ripped from a bible. The paper felt right and we had little religious inclination at the time that would have steered us away from this arrangement.
What happens when you use this type of paper, however, is an incredible misfortune. We lit this majestic sized bible-joint and almost immediately the paper caught fire on its own – separate from the purpose we had intended for it. The following 5 minutes was a frenzy of swatting at fiery ashes floating in the confined space of his car, mere inches from our adolescent heads.
That is my art.
My work is an experiment. A search for balance in composition and the use of space as a safety net.
I use acrylic for its dry time, it is stable and predictable. I paint in colorful layers and shapes, like flaming embers floating around my face.
I use oil pastels, pencil and charcoal, and magazine clippings. All magazines are stored safely in fireproof containers.
**I was what some may call a "troubled youth" - but I am all better now.
Karl W. Haglund
b. 1972, Wausau, WI
Lives and works in Iowa.
"Karl Haglund not only captures the totemic power of the instruments that he paints, but the detail is so good that it looks like you could pick the damn thing up and play it." - Billy Bragg, musician
2010 B.A. Anthropology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
Ongoing exhibit of guitar art at:
Vintage Vinyl. St Louis, MO
965 Guitars, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Grimeys. Nashville, TN.
Electric Fetus. Minneapolis, MN
Landlocked Music. Bloomington, IN
Untitled - Inspired by Max Beckmann. Charles City Arts Center. Charles City, Iowa. August 7th.
2014 Fifteen Keys - The Guitars of St Louis, KDHX The Stage, St Louis, MO. Featuring artwork based on the guitars of the St Louis music scene.
Ongoing exhibits of guitar series - prints and/or originals:
Vintage Vinyl, St Louis, MO *guitars
Aromas Coffee, Charles City, IA
Coffee Cat, Mason City, IA *guitars
2013 Bucktown Arts Fest, Chicago, ILL
Artafest, Charles City, IA
Iconic Guitars by Karl Haglund, Coffee Cat, Mason City, IA
2012 Vintage Vinyl Guitar Show, Vintage Vinyl, St Louis, MO
Featured Artist - Art on Broadway, Albert Lea Art Center, Albert Lea, MN
Featured Artist - All work, Coffee Cat, Mason City, IA.
Featured Artist - All work, Coffee Attic, Iowa Falls, IA
2011 The Hammon and the Beans, Charles City Art Center, Charles City, IA
2014 Ashley Miller, Paintings Turn Cool Licks Into Sweet Pics, Mason City Globe Gazzette. June 22, 2014
Allison Babka, Painter Karl Haglund Brings St. Louis Musicians' Guitars to Life On Canvas, St Louis Riverfront Times. October 8, 2014
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Artist Karl Haglund Shares Stories Behind Paintings for Billy Bragg, Ryan Adams & STL Musicians. October 9, 2014
Joe Roberts, Interview, With talk of setting his own work on fire and scatological insights into Picasso's work, Karl Haglund casually defies the persona of the stuffy and elite artist. KDHX.org. Oct 8, 2014
2012 Something You Said, Interview, www.somethingyousaid.com http://somethingyousaid.com/2012/08/20/karl-haglund-talks- art-and-guitars/
Editors Pick, GO St Louis!, St Louis Post-Dispatch, Vintage Vinyl Art Show and Print Kickoff, October
Andrea Pendergrast, The Product of Imagination, Art Is For Everyone, Charles City Press, January 17, 2012
H Fender Jaguar του Kurt Cobain και άλλες ιστορικές κιθάρες, Oneman Online Magazine, Greece
2012-2015: Vice President, Charles City Arts Council, Charles City, IA