[ Issue 6 / August 2013]
Ira Joel Haber
1-California Drawing. 1982. colored pencil on notebook paper
2-Forest. 1996. Paint on paper
3-landscape. 1976. Pastel, paint and collage on notebook paper
Nature frightens. No slow early autumn walks in the country for me. Nature is a mother with a knife, ready to pounce on us without warning. Mountains collapse, rivers reclaim, skies open up, and caves swallow. But there is also a beauty in this destruction. Keeping myself far away from all things that are natural is what I have a sweet tooth for. The landscapes of my mind reach out for other minds in beautiful acts of aggression.
Ever since I was a little boy I have made things, including drawings. The ones that I have submitted were done in the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s and are based on things found in nature and in actual landscapes. They are also based on my imagination and only exist in my mind until I put them down on paper. Two of the pieces are done on notebook paper, and the larger one is a painting on paper.
Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn New York. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 100 on line and print magazines. He has received 3 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists' Fellowship Inc. Currently he teaches art at the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Program in Brooklyn