Marc Selwyn is pleased to announce Channing Hansenʼs first solo gallery exhibition. This follows his inclusion in the 2014 edition of Made in LA, the Hammer Museumʼs biennial, and his solo booth installation Algo 54 at Art Los Angeles Contemporary in 2015. The exhibition opens on February 27, 2016, and will be on view through April 9, 2016.
Channing Hansenʼs intricately knitted works are underscored by a devotion to process. The artist is intimately involved with each step of their creation—from acquiring the raw fleece, to dyeing the fiber, to spinning the yarn (a complex mixture of wool, alpaca, silk, mohair and, in some cases, holographic polymers), to knitting and stretching the works over frames. In addition to Hansenʼs deep knowledge of his craft, his works are conceptually based. Changes in color, pattern, stitch and shape are dictated by computer algorithms that are themselves determined by natural phenomena and scientific processes.
In this show, Hansen uses an iconic painting as a point of departure for his unique practice. As the artist explains:
“This body of work arose after seeing Malevichʼs Black Square for the first time in person, at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, after having only seen it reproduction. The series is called K., in homage to use of the color black throughout art history and in reference to the CMYK printing process. The works were created by sampling the CMYK value of the blackest region of several iconic black paintings, as they had been transmitted—and thereby multiplied—through reproduction in print. (Incidentally, Malevich himself did more than one version of Black Square.) This value was the seed for the random generator that I used to create the algorithm that serves as the “score” for each knitted work. Black represents the absorption of all light and its use in art has been documented as far back as the first cave paintings. These works are, therefore, an exploration of ideas around light absorption and reflection, around originality and reproducibility, and around instantiation and infinity.”
Channing Hansen (born 1972, Los Angeles) is included in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles; and the Ahmanson Foundation, Los Angeles, among others. His work has been included in exhibitions such as Made in LA 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; When the Sun Hits, The Pit, Los Angeles; The Word Today, Suportico Lopez, Berlin; An Annotated Exhibition, Hilary Crisp, London; The Womb Womb Room, Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Organic/Synthetic at the Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, California. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.
Cover Image: K²:Index 2016
26 Individual pieces: 12 x 12 inches Installed dimensions: 67 x 67 inches
Alpaca, baby camel down, Bluefaced Leicester, California Variegated Mutant (Kaydra), California Variegated Mutant (Millie), Corriedale, Corriedale (Lamb Yellow J8047), Karakul, Lionhead (Derek & Trixie), hybrid Border Leicester/California Variegated Mutant/Rambouillet/Finnsheep (Snickers), hybrid California Variegated Mutant/Rambouillet/Cotswold/Border Leicester (Cessna), mohair, Merino, Merino (Chester), Norwegian, Pygora, Romeldale (Latham), Romney (Nashua), Romney (McKenzie), Swalesdale fibers and Qiviut fibers; bamboo; bamboo carbon fiber; Bombyx silk; holographic polymers; silk noils; Tussah silk; wild silk; viscose; redwood
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