15 x 16 x 3" cast iron, copper wire, nails / 2019Karl x Hauser was born in Michigan City, on a small farm in northwest Indiana. He played in the dirt, drew pictures, and learned to swim in Lake Michigan. His mother, a self taught artist who invented and painted “blue roses”, encouraged him to draw as it didn’t have the messy potential of paint.
Later, he worked for the railroad as a gandy dancer (track laborer) in order to save money for art school. He attended the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis where he studied sculpture, learned to make neon signs, and was first exposed to video art. He received his MFA in video and performance art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981.
His work has included drawing, watercolor, digital collage, and sculpture. His sculptures involve a wide range of materials including styrofoam, cardboard, wire, ceramic, found objects, etc., either used directly or as patterns for molds.
Simultaneously figurative and expressionistic, his work weaves together the humorous and the horrific.