Elias Hansen

"I’m a long way from home and I don’t really know these roads."

January 11 - February 22, 2014

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce I’m a long way from home and I don’t really know these roads, an exhibition of new sculpture by Elias Hansen opening Saturday January 11 and on view until February 22, 2014.

Working in Upstate New York, Hansen’s work is very much rooted in his current and past backcountry surroundings. Having lived on an isolated island in the Pacific Northwest for much of his life, he is no stranger to the wilderness. His art incorporates this while forcing its observer, often an urbanite, to ask ‘what goes on out there’?

The work comprises of hand blown glass pipettes, flasks and beakers displayed with found driftwood and arranged as rudimentary laboratories. Left dripping, bubbling or with LED lights flickering, the pieces appear to be recently abandoned; it is as if their creator has just fled the scene. Indeed, this seems like the apt conclusion to draw given their nature. With their titles reflecting possibly nefarious inspirations, we ask: are these functional? What do they distil? Their handcrafted appearance dissuades us of any scientific endeavour and lends them a mystical feel. Never certain whether we are looking at a meth lab or a witch doctors potion prep station, the juxtopositions of objects perplex the viewer.

The new work incorporates materials sourced from his geographical area, as well as historical references. This broadening of materials reflects the increasingly blurred lines in the artist’s life. He is the first to admit an uncertainty as to which of the objects in his home are art and which are his day-to-day trappings. The closeness of the artist’s life and work is something that you can sense with all of Hansen’s pieces. Each object feels manipulated and crafted so that it is hard to tell what is found and what is made. The end result is unsettling and mysterious, yet familiar. When one encounters Hansen’s installations, a feeling as if you’ve been implicated in his process, and not simply a bystander.

Originally from Indianola, Washington, Hansen currently lives and works in Upstate New York. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at LISTE, Basel and Frieze Frame, London, with Jonathan Viner, London, UK; Maccarone, NY, Balice Hertling, Paris, and The Company, Los Angeles. Hansen’s work has exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum, WA, Howard House Contemporary Art, WA, and Parc Saint Leger, Paris (with Oscar Tuazon). Selected press includes articles in Art Review, Mousse Magazine, Art Agenda, Art Forum, Los Angeles Times, and The Stranger. He has been awarded the PONCHO Special Recognition Award from the Seattle Art Museum. This is Hansen’s fourth exhibition with the gallery.

Elias Hansen

I’m a long way from home and I don’t really know these roads.

January 11 - February 22, 2014

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce I’m a long way from home and I don’t really know these roads, an exhibition of new sculpture by Elias Hansen opening Saturday January 11 and on view until February 22, 2014.

Working in Upstate New York, Hansen’s work is very much rooted in his current and past backcountry surroundings. Having lived on an isolated island in the Pacific Northwest for much of his life, he is no stranger to the wilderness. His art incorporates this while forcing its observer, often an urbanite, to ask ‘what goes on out there’?

The work comprises of hand blown glass pipettes, flasks and beakers displayed with found driftwood and arranged as rudimentary laboratories. Left dripping, bubbling or with LED lights flickering, the pieces appear to be recently abandoned; it is as if their creator has just fled the scene. Indeed, this seems like the apt conclusion to draw given their nature. With their titles reflecting possibly nefarious inspirations, we ask: are these functional? What do they distil? Their handcrafted appearance dissuades us of any scientific endeavour and lends them a mystical feel. Never certain whether we are looking at a meth lab or a witch doctors potion prep station, the juxtopositions of objects perplex the viewer.

The new work incorporates materials sourced from his geographical area, as well as historical references. This broadening of materials reflects the increasingly blurred lines in the artist’s life. He is the first to admit an uncertainty as to which of the objects in his home are art and which are his day-to-day trappings. The closeness of the artist’s life and work is something that you can sense with all of Hansen’s pieces. Each object feels manipulated and crafted so that it is hard to tell what is found and what is made. The end result is unsettling and mysterious, yet familiar. When one encounters Hansen’s installations, a feeling as if you’ve been implicated in his process, and not simply a bystander.

Originally from Indianola, Washington, Hansen currently lives and works in Upstate New York. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at LISTE, Basel and Frieze Frame, London, with Jonathan Viner, London, UK; Maccarone, NY, Balice Hertling, Paris, and The Company, Los Angeles. Hansen’s work has exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum, WA, Howard House Contemporary Art, WA, and Parc Saint Leger, Paris (with Oscar Tuazon). Selected press includes articles in Art Review, Mousse Magazine, Art Agenda, Art Forum, Los Angeles Times, and The Stranger. He has been awarded the PONCHO Special Recognition Award from the Seattle Art Museum. This is Hansen’s fourth exhibition with the gallery.

Elias Hansen
I'm a long way from home and I really don't know these roads, 2013
Glass, found objects
5 x 5 x 4 inches
Elias Hansen
Of course we wanted to win but we never wanted to fight, 2014
Glass, found objects, light fixtures, wood
13 x 18 x 11 inches
Elias Hansen
Her mom thought I fucked you over, 2014
Glass, wood, found objects
26 x 11 x 7 inches
Elias Hansen
This is where the trail used to be, 2014
Glass, wood, found objects
15 x 14 x 18 inches
Elias Hansen
You'll see it a the bottom of the hill, 2014
Glass, found objects, wood
26 x 20 x 18 inches
Elias Hansen
I'm a long way from home and I don't really know these roads, Installation view, 2014
Elias Hansen
This where you live, 2014
Glass, found objects, shell, steel, wood
37 x 21 x 9 inches
Elias Hansen
I guess it just takes time, 2014
Glass, found objects, steel, wood
33 x 23 x 14 inches
Elias Hansen
I'm a long way from home and I don't really know these roads, Installation view, 2014
Elias Hansen
Not that I can remember, 2014
Glass, found objects, steel, wood
22 x 22 x 14 inches
Elias Hansen
Shit I'll probably be back here in the next week or two, 2014
Glass and steel
78 x 41 x 12 inches
Elias Hansen
Your Mom Know, 2013
Glass, found objects, light fixtures, wood
48 x 37 inches
Elias Hansen
It always takes a while, 2013
Glass, found objects, light fixtures, wood
60 x 15 inches
Elias Hansen
I'm a long way from home and I don't really know these roads, Installation view, 2014
Elias Hansen
This cool, 2014
Glass, found objects, light fixtures, wood
42 x 31 x 11 inches
Elias Hansen
You live just up the street, 2013
Glass, found objects, light fixtures, wood
Dimensions variable
Elias Hansen
I'm a long way from home and I don't really know these roads, Installation view, 2014
Elias Hansen
I'm a long way from home and I don't really know these roads, Installation view, 2014