Excerpt from Location………
Erika Lynne Hanson
November 1 – November 23, 2014
Opening Reception: November 1, 2014, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibition open noon - 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday
“Landscape: a fantasy of not belonging to the totality of life of a terrestrial expanse,
traditionally taking the form: you belong to us we, do not belong to you.”
—Robin Kelsey, Landscape As Not Belonging
Landscape is one of few circumstances where the thing and a representation of the thing share the same terminology. It is this space and overlap that Excerpt from Location......... investigates, specifically which qualities of a place are highlighted, altered, or lost when depicted through (or as) an object. Focusing on the surreal, mundane, and sublime landscapes that exist at the edges of more developed spaces, the show explores the translation of a view in fabric, video, and sculpture. Whether a video or a weaving, information is always lost and added by the method of representation, i.e. pixels jumping, a lens distorting, the linearity of a weaving, or the limitations of the hand. The installation brings together textiles, video projections and related objects (such as plants, rocks, or shelves) that work to create their own scene for the viewer to interact with—a new landscape.
Erika Lynne Hanson creates weavings, videos, and installations that connect diverse materials, histories, and places. Running through her work is a concern with the idea of landscape; specifically how landscape exists, by definition, as a view or representation—a space or scene that can never be reached physically. Hanson received a MFA from California College of the Arts, and holds a BFA in Fiber from The Kansas City Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited in various locations including Los Angeles, Kansas City, San Francisco, New York, Iceland, Chicago and Minneapolis. Hanson is a Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Art fellow and has been artist in residence at Real Time and Space in Oakland CA, and The Icelandic Textile Center in Blonduos, IS. In 2012 she co-founded 1522 Saint Louis, an experimental project space in Kansas City. Hanson is currently Assistant Professor of Fibers/Socially Engaged Practices at Arizona State University.