Daniel Hauben: Reflecting on the Familiar
Over the past 40 years, Bronx native and resident Daniel Hauben has focused his attention on the changing urban landscape of our cities, creating paintings of streets and parks from the perspective of windows and rooftops. His first attempts to capture the unique sprawl of homes, sidewalks, and greenery began at the age of nine as a child growing up in Kingsbridge Heights. That early impetus has been a source of inspiration throughout his career both in Boston and in New York City.
The seven-part painting Reflecting on the Familiar is Hauben’s attempt at capturing the sense of envelopment, enormity, and often, of the incomprehension that comes with living in the congested urban environment of The Bronx. Rather than depicting just a small portion of his expansive view, Hauben enlarges the scale to create a multi-faceted vision of the world around him.