Haines seeks to represent repressed and illicit strands of contemporary society… his ‘Still Life with Flyer’ series investigates the physical evidence of live interaction. The artist collects flyers and tickets for fringe events - folded, placed in pockets and ‘body-worn’ with sweat and scuffs, this paper ephemera displays traces of human use. Haines is interested in the way that the indexical marks on the flyers bear a direct relationship with drawing. To make exact renderings, Haines has employed trompe l’oeil, a self reflexive technique that historically has played a role in the depiction of paper ephemera, thereby preserving peripheral moments of cultural and social history. These modestly scaled works signify temporality as they engender explicit evidence of presence - of actual contact between people in a social setting, and between person and a drawn material.
Taken from Kate Macfarlane’s essay ‘Drawing as Thinking Through Material Encounter’ (© 2018)