Detail of Braille by Nolan Haan
The braille in this painting says, "I want to be touched (but ever so gently.) Go on, don't be shy." It is part of a series of cinder block walls that want to be something they're not. The show was entitled, "The Futility of Envy."
People always want to touch my paintings. The bumps, cracks, and mortar joints look very three dimensional. Viewers invariably put their heads against the wall next to the painting, trying to to determine if there is actual texture. I always promised to do a painting that allowed people to touch. I decided to encourage the public to touch this painting, and braille seemed the logical language to use. Unfortunately, after spending a couple months painting 27 concrete blocks and 175 braille balls, I didn't want anyone to touch it!