Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Not Right Now, the gallery’s fourth exhibition of American artist Elias Hansen. The exhibition will run from November 4th through December 16th.
Not Right Now is an ambitious installation consisting of two major sculptures. The exhibition’s centerpiece is a 400lb spidery chandelier from which hangs 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 roughhewn wooden fixtures. With 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.
The other major sculpture is one of Hansen’s 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 Hansens’ 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 a chandelier and fountain as well. However rather than displaying the pieces in an austere gallery space, the works will be installed overwhelming the domestic setting of the bungalow, offering the viewer a radically altered perspective from which to engage the sculptures.
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.