Marrying the emotive aspects of poetry with abstract mathematics and minimalism, Swiss artist Paul Haehlen unites what are traditionally opposed schools in a remarkably intuitive body of work. Haehlen, who has studied on the global level, utilizes his artistic and architectural background to illustrate the power of subtlety in conveying emotion. His particular attention to the poetics of self-conscious repetition, distortion, and recursion, along with the clever usage of unclear lines and delineations, produces a dreamlike quality that goes beyond the viewer's expectations.
Drawing from established schools of art, Haehlen's work both subverts and expands on the traditional aspects of minimalism. Haehlen uses his acrylics to escape two-dimensionality, detailing his work with an intricate shading that adds a sense of physical and metaphorical depth to his work. Going beyond art-as-process, the paintings are an exploration of applied theory, where complex geometrics and the understated shades between primary colors come together in what Haehlen calls a "pairing of harmony and tension," no less dynamic for its subtlety.