Montreal-based artist Callen Schaub creates machine-manipulated paintings full of movement and energy. He has many fans, but also many detractors. Some claim what he does isn’t really art. I can’t imagine how a creative process like his could possible be called into question, but rather than getting annoyed, Schaub embraces his haters. His compassion for those who are trying to hurt him is just one more element of his art. In fact, he used their criticism as the inspiration for his show “Fake Art.” What a good sport!
“Everyone is going through something, we are all projections of self. Trolls need love the most. how them empathy, love, and kindness. Please don’t bully the bullies. LOVE > HATE. The negative comments are educational opportunities. LOVE IS THE ANSWER. ❤️ Saying ‘F the haters’ is not good enough. They need our help, compassion, and empathy. The ‘haters/trolls’ are my target audience. Their negative comments are a self projection of their fear/doubt/sadness and a (subconscious) calling for help. Often times they have been bullied at a young age by their parents – telling them to “get a real job”, and have had their passion shut down. The Fake Art Movement is about educating, inspiring, and anti-cyber bullying.”– Callen Schaub
Schaub creates his colorful abstracts using homemade trapezes, pendulums, and spinning machines. The 30-year-old artist was named Instagram’s Hidden Gem of 2019. They said that with his use of nontraditional painting tools and techniques, Schaub’s work is “a delicate balance of motion, energy and anticipation.”