Laura Rathe Fine Art announces the exhibition, The World Unseen, featuring new bold, and colorful works by Pablo Dona and Michael Laube with an opening reception on May 19th at 2707 Colquitt Street from 6-9PM. This exhibition showcases works that reveal the temporality, transparency, and transformation of art and ourselves. Both Dona and Laube demonstrate a level of understanding of the dynamic elements that make up our internal and external worlds. Their work is a clear example that beauty lies in the details. The basic infrastructure of both mediums exposes the main element of the pieceslight, both metaphoric and literal. Using commonplace objects, Dona’s work is compelled to expose the lightness in humans, a return to our childhood, our innocence. There is a heartbeat in each of Dona’s works, a metaphorical pulse emanating from the emotional strings pulled by the memories of childhood. His sculptures are composed of quotidian material, such as erasers, yet even with their manufactured uniformity, when observed closely, each piece is unique and individual. Laube’s construction paves the way into a journey of ephemeral moments. Made up of glass layers and acrylic paint, this process allows every technical component of the work to become visible. The transparency of glass unequivocally translates the purity of light and opens up the viewer to an unexplored spatial and temporal plane, which adds to the playful dimension of experience. Both artists manage to ground the viewer into their works by engaging them in the task of looking in search for an overall image or silhouette. The language expressed by both mediums is clear, and it is not one that can be understood intellectually but rather experienced in the body—in our hearts. At the surface of the works, the forms are deceptively static, but our interactions with each piece bring in an accumulation of narratives from each individual adding to the movement, liveliness, and playfulness of each piece.

 

The World Unseen highlights the radical elements of individuality as the images composed by each artist are aligned to the subjective experience and personal narrative of the viewer. Profound and original, both artists showcase their sensibility and regards for the beauty in each unique moment. There is a mesmerizing effect created by the use of individuality both by Dona and Laube. The surface of Dona’s sculptures and Laube’s acrylic glass have an automatic yet meditative quality, the patterns and rhythms created attest to the subconscious desire of connection. These new works express a freedom away from a materialized form of art and from the constructs of our own conditioned mind. Within these white walls we can move and feel our way back into a simpler way of being. The World Unseen will be on view through June 23rd.

Pablo Dona

Creating imaginative images from Japanese puzzle erasers or installations of hand crafted miniature people interacting with commonplace items such as teacups, Miami based sculptor and photographer Pablo Dona often refers to his memories of childhood play in his art that create a new surreal reality. His childhood, characterized by creative explorations and forest adventures largely influences his work. His fantastical art world lives out the purpose of his work, bridging us back to our childhood and tapping into the emotions that will return us to our home within. Dona’s perception disassociates the function and name of a form allowing it to take a life of its own making and as a result giving it endless possibilities for its expression. His message to the viewer is that everything is possible, ‘even to be that child again’.

Michael Laube

Notable German painter & installation artist, Laube works within three dimensions using transparent acrylic glass to produce a spatial color effect. Creating a spatial illusion, the layers within each installation transform our visual experience to embrace the present moment. His body of work transgresses the boundaries of traditional painting in his own unique way, opening them up to different dimensions of space and time. Although the color in his acrylic glass objects and installations remains captured in the surface, it still seems dematerialized, disembodied, and never concretely localized. It becomes part of the surrounding space, woven into a dynamic, variable system of forces that is formed from light.