Corner, 22 "x 28", ink on paper, 2006

Nathan Haenlein was born in Michigan and now lives and works in Northern California.  He received his MFA from the University of Iowa and is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.  Haenlein's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and most recently he has had solo shows in Marfa, TX, Washington D.C., and Cleveland, OH (November 2006).  His work is in the public collection of the Center for Visual Arts, Toledo, OH; Kalkograsski Ateijie Butkovic, Rijeka, Croatia; the Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA; the National Palace of Art, Minsk, Belarus; the Tama Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan; as well as many others.  Haenlein's current body of work explores ideas around consumption and new acts of drawing.  Additionally he questions the concepts of patience, the digital age, and repetition.

He says this about his work: "Conceptually my work addresses capitalist ideologies and new synergistic cultural trends. Our current global community is waging a visual campaign to consume.  Much like the cathedrals of medieval Europe, global advertising is dependant on image to convey meaning.  At every level of consciousness Ad men and designers are hoping to manipulate our decisions and serve us an Eden that is attainable through their product.  My work addresses that urge/need to buy our Eden.  I lure the viewer in with pristine surfaces, the flash of commercial design, and objects that emit machine made qualities. With further inspection, the work asks the viewer what she/he is consuming, will this object fit with my Ipod / Volkswagen / Banana Republic lifestyle, or is this a distortion of capitalism?  The reality of the work is consumption; art is a commodity or culture for sale. The objects also teeter between, and question the concepts of, patience, the digital age, repetition, and new ideas about drawing."

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