RIP: Erwin Hauer – interior void modulated

Erwin Hauer portrait


At KBIS 2018 Mark Bickerstaffe, our director of New Product Development, presented the latest color, materials, and finishes trends. One of them, maybe the most eye-catching is ‘Translucent Tints’. Light-infused materials, textures, glass and other transparent materials that filter light in a unique way and speak to our souls.Erwin Hauer Hall of FameErwin Hauer was a sculptor who created just such materials and surfaces. After a short illness, he passed away in December 2017 in Bethany, Connecticut, USA, just shortly before his latest book ‘Still Facing Infinity’ was published. Erwin Hauer still facing infinityHauer, an Austrian-born visual artist who arrived in the United States after having served in World War II, impressed not only his professors and fellow-students, but his work caught the eye of Norman Carlberg with whom he worked for a time. He became a professor at Yale University School of Art where he taught for 30 years. Erwin Hauer in his studioAt the same time, he continued to develop installations of modular constructivism or light-infused architectural screens, walls, and room dividers.Ewrin Hauer light diffusing wallWhat was minimalism in the 1950 and 1960 transformed into mathematical expressiveness in modern times. Together with his former student Enrique Rosado who specializes in digitalization and commercial production, the 91-year old Hauer designed and created molds in concrete, gypsum, acrylic resin by combining his sculptural talent and modern technology.Erwin Hauer backwallThe creator of this innovative type of architecture and engineering will leave a void in the art, architecture, and design community.Erwin Hauer sao pauloHis work will live on as testaments of ingeniously created voids within space and time-space continuums, in the two books he published and the exhibitions that continue to be curated. Currently, some sculptures can be seen at The New Sculpture Mile Exhibition in New London, Connecticut, USA.
Erwin Hauer_D-306_Centria_upstairs_lobbySome of Hauer’s 60 years of work is displayed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Museum of the National Academy of Design. Earlier works include Church Enberg in Vienna, Austria, the city where he was born.Erwin Hauer sitting in the studio

Source: some photos are courtesy of Nelson Kon, Knoll, Bob O’Connor,, mathewcavanaugh, Thefoxisblack.

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