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It Ain't What it Seem
Elias Hansen

June 24, 2018 - July 22, 2019
Show opening: Saturday, June 24, 2018, 12-4pm

With It ain’t what it seem, Hansen offers a lifeboat to the platitudinous genre of Northwest glass art. His steel wheelbarrow could have been driven into town by a kooky, traveling vendor of laboratory glassware. Volumetric flasks, graduated cylinders, and pipettes clank together above a steel barrow. What could be the discarded paraphernalia of the finest methcook in the woods or a rusted chandelier resurrected from a sunken ship with a wink to the man with the eyepatch. These assemblages have been tinkered together with affection by a blissfully blazed Gen x’er on a quest to make significant art while also making a bong that draws well and doesn't splash water on your face. Morandi's world of vases comes to mind. Hansen takes us on a trip into refraction and reflection of color through his bulbous forms and seduces us with his mastery of glassblowing.

Hansen’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Maccarone in New York; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; The American Academy in Rome, Rome, IT; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; OSL Contemporary, Oslo, Norway; COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada. He has also participated to the Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan. His works can be found in the Saatchi Collection in London, Fondazione Giuliani in Rome, in the Coleccíon Jumex in Mexico City, in the Boise Art Museum, and in the Seattle Art Museum.

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