Michael Laube

Germany 1955

Psychedelic Art, Painting


Michael Laube
Michael Laube
June 6, 2016
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The world around us can be colorless, melding everything into a single shade of gray. Seeing reality in a different way than usual is the core of psychedelic art. Michael Laube is a German contemporary artist who creates three-dimensional artworks by playing with a selection of patterns, colors, shapes, forms, and abstract scenery, all suspended within sheets of plexiglass. The pieces develop an interaction between the virtual image space and the real space, inviting the viewer to abandon the traditional role of pure observation, and instead placing him in the midst of events. The borders between In and Out are being blurred as the multi-layered acrylic glass offers repeatedly new perplexing views and create an ever-changing reality.

Michael Laube - 19-15, 2015
Michael Laube – 19-15, 2015

A New Foundation

Laube approaches his art with a traditional concept of painting on his mind, where his treatment of color, its application and the technique used are all based on the painting in a conventional sense. But, the most basic foundation of the process – working on canvas, is abandoned, shifting the artist’s attention towards acrylic glass as his carrier medium. This decision has given him the ability to choose more radical form while exploring the themes of space, movement, color and light. The main statement in his work becomes the color itself, embedded in a flexible and dynamic system of forces. And yes, it is the acrylic paint that the viewers see, but instead of seeing it on the surface, it’s rather within the artwork, creating mesmerizing and fluctuating highlights, reflections and refractions, through a spatial color effect similar to the one that could be seen in the work of Barnett Newman or Mark Rothko.

The viewers see the acrylic paint within the artwork rather than on the surface

Michael Laube - 36-10, 2010 (Left) - E3-13, 2013 (Right)
Michael Laube – 36-10, 2010 (Left) / E3-13, 2013 (Right)

Transcending the Boundaries

Laube was born in Coburg and was a Master Student of Georg Baselitz. Transcending the external pictorial boundary is one of the artist’s main concerns. He hopes to eliminate the traditional border between the observer and the observed image. The colors, depending on the position of the viewer, move along various levels, entering the observational space, transporting the audience from one reality to another, almost in an instant. This intention of Laube’s is even more clear in his installations where he uses the situation, color, and light to further blur the difference between in front and behind, but also inside and outside, merging them into one reality. He seeks the form of unbounded perception rather than a conventional view influenced by experiences and things. The works of Laube, along with pieces from Peter Bynum and Troy Simmons, are currently on display at Psychedelic, a group show at Jan Kossen.

The artist hopes to eliminate the traditional border between the observer and the observed image

Michael Laube - 42-10, 2010 (Left) - 12-12, 2012 (Right)
Michael Laube – 42-10, 2010 (Left) / 12-12, 2012 (Right)

A New Role for the Audience

By breaking through the borders of traditional painting in his own and unique way, Laube simultaneously asks the observers to leave behind all their needs to conform to the definition of the pure objectivity. There is no absolute perception of his work, as it constantly changes, depending on the position of the viewer, involving them as a key element in both the constant process of the transformability of things and in his own spatial movements, giving the observers an essential role in his oeuvre.

Michael Laube lives and works in Berlin.

Featured image: Michael Laube – 8-15, 2015, image via Galerie Robert Dress
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016even / benthGalerie Kuckei + Kuckei, BerlinSolo
2016IllusionLaura Rathe Fine Art, DallasSolo
2016PsychedelicJankossen Contemporary, New YorkGroup
2015zwei.mal.raumGalerie Robert Drees, HannoverSolo
2014Art MiamiGalerie Kuckei + KuckeiSolo
2013Raum 14Emsdetter Kunstverein, EmsdettenSolo
2013Raum 15Kunstverein Munsterland, CoesfeldSolo
2013UnknownGalerie M.P.Visser, Hertogenbosch, NiederlandeGroup
2012Michael LaubeGalerie Kuckei + Kuckei, BerlinSolo
2012UnknownLausberg Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2012Spiel-ZeugeFreshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer, MunchenGroup
2012KunstStoffGalerie DIS, MaastrichtGroup
2011GeschichtetGalerie Lausberg, DusseldorfSolo
2011The ThawLausberg Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2010Space ReloadedKunstHalle CloppenburgSolo
2010Beyond PaintingLausberg Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2009shifting - Axel Anklam, Michael Laube, Myriam ReschGalerie Robert Drees, HannoverGroup
2009Michael LaubeGalerie Kuckei + Kuckei, BerlinSolo
2009the solo projectSt. Jacobshalle BaselSolo
2009Kunst im kleinen FormatOverbeck-Gesellschaft LubeckGroup
2008Michael LaubeLausberg Contemporary, TorontoSolo
2008AccrochageGalerie Robert Drees, HannoverGroup
2008GegenstandslosGesellschaft fur Kunst und Gestaltung, BonnGroup
2007Schwarzweiss als FarbeGalerie B. Lausberg, DusseldorfGroup
2006Tower/LightsKunstallianz 1 Berlin, BerlinGroup
2006Michael LaubeGalerie Kuckei + Kuckei, BerlinSolo
2005Raum 9Overbeck-Gesellschaft, LubeckSolo
2005Michael LaubeGalerie Robert Drees, HannoverSolo
2004Michael LaubeGalerie Kuckei + Kuckei, BerlinSolo
2004Colors and StripesGalerie Drees, HannoverGroup
2004Junger SommerGalerie Exner, WienGroup
2003Raum 8Kunstverein FriedrichshafenSolo
2003Raum 7Kunstverein KonstanzSolo
2002Michael LaubeGalerie Kuckei + Kuckei, BerlinSolo
2002donChinati Foundation, Marfa-TexasGroup
2001UnknownKunstsalon Wolfsberg, ZurichGroup
2001SommerausstellungGalerie Kuckei + KuckeiGroup
200030 MeterGalerie Kuckei + Kuckei, BerlinSolo
1999Sommer 1999Galerie Kuckei + Kuckei, BerlinGroup
1999Werkschau 6Neues Kunstquartier, BerlinGroup
1999Michael LaubeGalerie Ob Art Company, KarlsruheSolo
1999UnknownGalerie Schrade, Schloss MochentalGroup
1997Neue ArbeitenGalerie vierte Etage, BerlinSolo
1997UnknownKunstamt Kreuzberg-Bethanien, BerlinGroup
1997Michael LaubeGalerie Ob Art Company, KarlsruheSolo
1997UnknownIBB, BerlinGroup
1996SehstuckeSchering Kunstverein - KunstRaum, BerlinSolo
1996Biennale internationale d art miniatureSalle Augustin-Chenier inc., QuebecGroup
1996Fax-Art: Hommage an HeidelbergOttheinrichsbau, HeidelbergGroup
1996Blick!Haus der Boecker GmbH, BerlinGroup
1996Nachtraum, eine Ausstellung im DunkelInternetprojekt, BerlinGroup
1996100Galerie Broschwitz, BerlinGroup
1995Funf Berliner KunstlerGalerie Kinter, Remshalden-GeradstettenGroup
1995Per VersandGalerie Kinter, Remshalden-GeradstettenGroup
1995Vierte Etage BerlinGalerie vierte Etage, BerlinGroup
1995Berlin - GlasgowGlasgow School of Art, GlasgowGroup
1995Arbeiten auf PapierGalerie vierte Etage, BerlinGroup
1994Vorsicht frisch gestrichenGalerie vierte Etage, BerlinSolo
1993sub rosaGalerie Buschgraben, BerlinSolo
1992AuszugWaldenser Ateliers, BerlinGroup
1991Michael LaubePixelpark, BerlinSolo
1990Michael LaubeGalerie Broschwitz, BerlinSolo
1990ZweitaktKunst aus Berlin-Ost und Berlin-West, Ausstellungszentrum am Alexanderplatz, BerlinGroup
1989Preis der Darmstadter Sezession fuhr junge KunstMathildenhohe, DarmstadtGroup
1989Kunstpreis ZweibruckenKunstverein ZweibruckenGroup