Not Right Now
Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Elias Hansen’s exhibition, “Not Right now”. The exhibition will be on view from November 4 through 16 December 2017. Concurrently, a sister-show of Hansen’s work will run at Team Bungalow, located at 306 Windward Avenue in Venice, CA.
Elias Hansen will present a series of brand-new assemblage works, which employ the likes of wooden shelving, hand-blown glass, electrical fixtures and found objects. They are at once slipshod and extraordinarily meticulous, blurring our perception of accidental and orchestrated visual harmonies. Resembling the tools of an amateur chemist – perhaps the contents of a meth lab or moonshine distillery – these artworks are dense with metaphors of the alchemical nature of artistic creation.
The show’s centerpiece is a large, spidery chandelier, from which hang a mismatched assortment of beakers and bulbs, some of which emit colorful light. Several smaller works consist of pairs of elegant blown glass objects, set into rough-hewn wooden fixtures. In this show, Hansen exhibits a fascination with modes of display and the marriage of disparate materials: the delicate pipettes, flasks and beakers and their rugged driftwood armatures are given equal visual priority.
Another body of work consists of so-called “fountains” – elaborately jerry-rigged contraptions featuring buckets, hoses and light fixtures, which pour and recycle supplies of water. The simultaneous appearances of functionality and futility represent a central theme in Hansen’s oeuvre; the artist seeks to confound our dichotomous conceptions of decorative and utilitarian objects. The sculpture becomes a site of erasure, removing the lines of necessity and luxury, amateur and professional creativity.
The show at Team Bungalow is comprised of similar bodies of work; however, rather than displaying the pieces overhead, as he has done at Anat Ebgi, the pieces will remain at eye-level, offering the viewer a radically altered perspective from which to engage the sculptures. The exhibitions play with the themes in the assemblages themselves including dichotomies between natural and man-made, decorative and utilitarian, mystical and human. The higher viewpoint at Anat Ebgi gives the assemblages a mystical quality while also emphasizing their decorative character. In comparison, interacting with the works at eye-level offers a sense of utilitarianism and groundedness that speaks to human creation.
Elias Hansen (b. 1979) lives and works in Washington state. Hansen graduated from New Orleans School of Glass and Print in 2001. Hansens’ work has been exhibited at public and private institutions including the Palais De Tokyo, Paris; American Academy in Rome, Rome; Albert Baronian, Brussels; Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona; and Art Basel Hong Kong. His recent solo exhibitions have been held at Maccarone, NYC; Take Ninagawa, Tokyo; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Jonathan Viner, London; and Halsey McKay, New York.