Erwin Hauer, Enrique Rosado: Continua

  • ©2008, Erwin Hauer and Enrique Rosado, Continua
  • ©2008, Erwin Hauer and Enrique Rosado, Continua
  • ©2008, Erwin Hauer and Enrique Rosado, Continua





SIGGRAPH 2008: Design and Computation

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Artist Statement:

The concepts of continuity and potential infinity have been central themes of Erwin Hauer’s opus from very early on in his career as a sculptor. In his native Vienna, he began to explore infinite continuous surfaces that evolved into perforated modular structures that were appropriate in architectural applications. Hauer’s sculptural walls are intricately woven forms that create a visual sense of infinity – a frozen poetry in motion. He patented these designs, developed the technology to produce them, and installed the modular, light-diffusing walls in buildings throughout the United States and seven other countries.

Hauer continued this work after he moved to the US, first as a Fulbright scholar and then as a faculty member in the Department of Design at Yale University, where he was invited by Josef Albers, a giant of modernism and one of the pillars of the Bauhaus.

Hauer derived the concept of continuous surface primarily from his studies of biomorphic form, an experience reinforced by his first encounters with the work of Henry Moore. He examined how Moore interlaced “… the dominant continuity of surfaces with an unprecedented cultivation of interior spaces within his sculptures.” These reflections led Hauer to the awareness of the so-called saddle surface, a type of mathematical surface that looks like the peculiar shape of horse saddles that curve both up and down. These surfaces influenced his sculptures and soon evolved into a repeat pattern because, as Hauer states, “the saddle surface refuses to permit the closure of form.” While Naum Gabo accepted this fact, Hauer responded to the open-endedness of the single saddle by adding replicas of it around its boundaries, in a seamless and flush manner. When this procedure is repeated for every open-ended edge, the result is in an infinite continuous surface. This characteristic is central to most of Hauer’s screen designs.

In 2003, Hauer formed a partnership, Erwin Hauer Studios, with Enrique Rosado, a former student of his at Yale who has extensive knowledge in the digital field. Their purpose is to re-issue a selection of Hauer’s original screens of the 1950s, to adapt some of these classic designs to modern production methods using digital technology, and to develop new designs as well. With the same intensity and scrutiny Hauer applied to his original molds and casts, Enrique Rosado now focuses on design transformations, creation of custom tools, and CNC-milling techniques.

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Fabricators Digital Stone Project and others