EJ Hauser

EJ Hauser (*1967, Peru, IL, USA) live and work in Brooklyn, New York. They studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1998.

In their works, EJ Hauser combines impressions of natural phenomena with lyrical phrases, graphic and typographic strategies. Their images, which seem almost material, are formed from overlapping layers constituting abstract landscapes by means of large and small circles of color, deconstructed geometric figures, and representations of animals, mountains, ghosts, waves, peaks, or plants, such as moon seeds.

Hauser’s oeuvre intends to transcend the dichotomies of culture versus nature or nature versus technology as established in Western epistemology since the Enlightenment. In particular, they are concerned with portraying the interconnectedness of life on earth as holistic, showing how human, non-human, and more-than-human life are interconnected in a cosmos. They understand the social similarly to Bruno Latour, as being constituted of different elements that interact in a network. Relevant here is also the concept of the rhizome by Gilles Déleuze and Felix Guattarí, according to which the total network of the tree is invisible to the human eye because it its roots are hidden in the earth, leading us to constantly question our perception of what is understood as nature. Hauser, however, speaks of the Wood Wide Web.

EJ Hauser has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at Derek Eller, New York; parrasch heijnen, Los Angeles; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; and has been included in a variety of group exhibitions, including The Brooklyn Rail, New York; PALFREY, London; The Pit, Los Angeles; Alice Folker Gallery, Copenhagen; and the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Education / Ausbildung

lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


MFA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


BFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Certificate Program, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Solo Exhibitions / Einzelausstellungen


EJ HAUSER | Grow Room, Derek Eller, New York, USA


EJ HAUSER | Song of Summer, Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin, Germany

Mountains and Peaks, parrasch heijnen, Los Angeles, USA


WINDOW, Anton Kern Gallery, New York


Voyagers, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY


‘Forest Dwellers’ Philipp Haverkampf Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY


Barn Spirits, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY


ME + YOU, Regina Rex, New York, NY

seekers / beasts, AWHRHWAR, Los Angeles, CA

peaks + beasts, Romer Young, San Francisco, CA


Amphibian, Regina Rex, New York, NY


Perfecto, LUMP, Raleigh, NC


Hale, John Davis, Hudson, NY


Pinetar Starchart, Never Work, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions / Gruppenausstellungen


TEXT-ile | Peter Frederiksen, Anna Grath, EJ Hauser, Okka-Esther Hungerbühler, Stephen Kent, Ellen Lesperance, Nadine Schemmann, Martín Soto Climent, Rosemarie Trockel, and Anna Virnich, Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin


Of Clocks and Clouds, PALFREY, London, UK

Run with the Wolves, The Pit, LA, CA


’20/20 Gallery Swap’, Alice Folker Gallery, Copenhagen, DK

Group Show, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY, US

‘NADA: This is FAIR’, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY, US


Venice Biennale – ‘The River Rail’, curated by Phong Bui and Francesca Pietropaolo, Venice, IT

‘Frieze New York’, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY, US

‘GARDEN’, Shrine and Sargent’s Daughter’s, New York, NY, US


‘NADA Miami Beach’, Derek Eller Gallery, Miami, FL, US

‘A Strange Form of Life’, curated by Johhny Mullen, Peninsula Artspace, Brooklyn, NY, US

‘Eddysroom’, curated by Austin Eddy, Gallerie Thomassen, Gothenburg, SWE

‘Intimacy’, curated by Stephen Truax, Yossi Milo, New York, NY, US

‘Screen Door’, curated by Hunter Braithwaite, Tops, Memphis, TN, US

‘Vampire’s Kiss’, curated by Tyler Blackwell, Aspect Ratio, Chicago, IL, US

‘Carry the Bend’, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY, US

‘The Arcane Grin’, Disturb The Neighbors, New York, NY, US

‘Line and Verse’, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, SWE