Elias Hansen

"Archived: Predicting the Present"

January 14 – February 28, 2010

The Company is pleased to announce our next exhibitions PREDICTING THE PRESENT by Tacoma based artist Elias Hansen and ALTAR ALTER MINI STORAGE by Los Angeles based artist Adam Janes. Although Hansen and Janes will be showcased as solo presentations, the impetus for the pairing spawned from a shared interest in the alchemic conversions in sculpture. Both artists engage the process of altering solids into liquids and back into solids by their respective glassblowing and candle making. On the surface, glass and wax are ubiquitous, innocuous materials. They become something of value once they are used as conduits for predicting the future or communicating with the spiritual world. These double meanings are amplified within the gallery, a former motel and a location for transient and clandestine activities. The viewer is asked to become a participant to the ways of the occult. But this is Art, so we present it to you with a dose of cheeky irony and skepticism for your comfort.

For PREDICTING THE PRESENT, Elias Hansen assembled discarded furnishings, such as a side table and door, and inserted hand-blown concave/convex circular glass to transform the objects into makeshift “seeing” stations. Peering through the appended glass, an image of run-down house is revealed. The low resolution photographs were taken by the artist and digitally manipulated to appear worn and aged. The glass insertions into the furniture might gain entry into their essence—what have these discarded objects witnessed? Were they inside these homes before they became detritus? Hansen resuscitates the objects, altering their original function into a metaphysical one.

Seattle Art Museum’s curator Michael Darling states, “His recent sculptures in this exhibition bear out this predilection, strapping beautifully crafted crystal lenses to tin cans with wire so that low-fi photographs can be scrutinized. The objects in the photographs, like the sculptures that house them, are of structures defined by an in-between state, some devoted to itinerant lifestyles like RVs, others downtrodden houses in the process of being reclaimed by nature.”

I made the glass lenses in Tacoma, at the Museum of Glass. I polished them in Ballard. I take pictures in my trips between the two places. I’ve found sheets of glass, epoxy resins, stove pipes and doors to build the lens housings and viewing contraptions at local dump spots. The contraptions, or investigators, form a system of confusing vocabularies between each other. There is no clear direction on how to use them; their physical function sits between the magnifying glass and the microscope. – Elias Hansen

Elias Hansen

Archived: Predicting the Present

January 14 – February 28, 2010

The Company is pleased to announce our next exhibitions PREDICTING THE PRESENT by Tacoma based artist Elias Hansen and ALTAR ALTER MINI STORAGE by Los Angeles based artist Adam Janes. Although Hansen and Janes will be showcased as solo presentations, the impetus for the pairing spawned from a shared interest in the alchemic conversions in sculpture. Both artists engage the process of altering solids into liquids and back into solids by their respective glassblowing and candle making. On the surface, glass and wax are ubiquitous, innocuous materials. They become something of value once they are used as conduits for predicting the future or communicating with the spiritual world. These double meanings are amplified within the gallery, a former motel and a location for transient and clandestine activities. The viewer is asked to become a participant to the ways of the occult. But this is Art, so we present it to you with a dose of cheeky irony and skepticism for your comfort.

For PREDICTING THE PRESENT, Elias Hansen assembled discarded furnishings, such as a side table and door, and inserted hand-blown concave/convex circular glass to transform the objects into makeshift “seeing” stations. Peering through the appended glass, an image of run-down house is revealed. The low resolution photographs were taken by the artist and digitally manipulated to appear worn and aged. The glass insertions into the furniture might gain entry into their essence—what have these discarded objects witnessed? Were they inside these homes before they became detritus? Hansen resuscitates the objects, altering their original function into a metaphysical one.

Seattle Art Museum’s curator Michael Darling states, “His recent sculptures in this exhibition bear out this predilection, strapping beautifully crafted crystal lenses to tin cans with wire so that low-fi photographs can be scrutinized. The objects in the photographs, like the sculptures that house them, are of structures defined by an in-between state, some devoted to itinerant lifestyles like RVs, others downtrodden houses in the process of being reclaimed by nature.”

I made the glass lenses in Tacoma, at the Museum of Glass. I polished them in Ballard. I take pictures in my trips between the two places. I’ve found sheets of glass, epoxy resins, stove pipes and doors to build the lens housings and viewing contraptions at local dump spots. The contraptions, or investigators, form a system of confusing vocabularies between each other. There is no clear direction on how to use them; their physical function sits between the magnifying glass and the microscope. – Elias Hansen

Elias Hansen
Blame your son, 2009
Elias Hansen
Just because you're careful, 2009
Elias Hansen
Half the time I'm looking at stuff I can't even tell what it is I'm looking at, 2009
Steel, hand formed glass, epoxy paper
6 x 6 x 8 inches
Elias Hansen
A lot of things are more beautiful if you don't freak out about them all the time, 2009
Hand blown glass, paper, epoxy
7 x 7 inches
Elias Hansen
Because you're drunk and she's stupid, 2009
Glass, paper, epoxy
3 x 6 inches
Elias Hansen
If I draw something over and over, sometimes it makes more sense, sometimes it doesn't, 2009
Glass, paper, pen
3 x 7 inches
Elias Hansen
If I had to do it over again I'm sure I'd fuck up just as much, 2009
Glass, paper, epoxy
6 x 6 inches
Elias Hansen
Predicting the Present, Installation view, 2009
Elias Hansen
Predicting the Present, Installation view, 2009
Elias Hansen
Predicting the Present, Installation view, 2009
Elias Hansen
Predicting the Present, Installation view, 2009
Elias Hansen
Sometimes when you cook you hide the pot until next time you need it, 2009
Wood, hand formed glass, wood, wiring, light bulb, silicone
28 x 80 x 6 inches
Elias Hansen
The smaller it is the more you can see, 2009
Glass, plastic, paper, epoxy
1.5 x 1.5 x 3 inches
Elias Hansen
When I look at it from this angle the story seems happier, 2009
Glass, paper, epoxy, pen
6 x 6 inches
Elias Hansen
Your spare time can be used to investigate things, 2009
Wood, hand formed glass, paper, light wiring
18 x 25 x 32 inches
Elias Hansen
Your spare time can be used to investigate things, 2009
Wood, hand formed glass, paper, light wiring
18 x 25 x 32 inches