Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Color of Conflict

A body of work by John Hensel & Susan Hensel
WHEN: Dec 1, 2010-Jan. 1, 2011
            Reception: Dec. 17, 7-10pm
WHERE: Susan Hensel Gallery
             3441 Cedar Ave S
CONTACT:  Susan Hensel 612-722-2324

Color of Conflict, opening at Susan Hensel Gallery December 1, is a collaboration of photographer John Hensel and artist Susan Hensel.

A multimedia artist who seeks narrative, Ms. Hensel has brought the world of fiber art into her studio practice. Color of Conflict is a show of photographs that wrest the meaning from a series of yarns she has spun. These knittable yarns contain army toys as well as the colors and forms of armed conflict; but their true horror is revealed in the photographic display.

Ms Hensel defines the word transgression as breaking expected boundaries or expectations. Yarn is expected to be soft, warm, useful, at times even life saving. While it is often associated with leisure, craft and women's work, it is rarely thought of as an object, a material or a subject of fine art. In this project, yarn paradoxically uses its traditional softness to express a hard, harsh, violent reality. The allusions to the yarn’s life saving properties of warmth, padding, and protecting become a field of discussion about war and death. It uses a "women's art" to discuss a "man's pursuit."

Ms. Hensel took the risk of closing the Susan Hensel Gallery in order to return to studio practice and research; it was during this time this body of work was completed.  During the sabbatical she spent time exploring the narrative capabilities of fiber and became part of the artyarn movement, a radical group of spinners who push the idea of “yarn” to it’s maximum.  Usually, it is a lighthearted game about process and fun – spinning Halloween eyeballs and Christmas baubles into fluffy masses of wool. Ms. Hensel goes beyond the process of spinning yarn, she has been adding, multiplying, accreting and inserting meaning wherever she can into her handspun yarn.

There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, December 17, 7-10pm.

Friday, November 19, 2010

South Minneapolis Wild Wool Market

     Come to Susan Hensel Gallery, for wooly, silky, alpaca goodness with demos and shopping opportunities! There will be spinning, weaving, felting, re-using! Fresh food!
     You will find art dolls, handspun and hand dyed yarn, tote bags, tapestry, weaving, spinning materials. It is an ever-changing roster of artists!
     Most artists will be demonstrating!  Some teach, so talk to them. You are invited to sink you hands into the marvelous world of fine fiber.

What: South Minneapolis Wild Wool Market
Where: Susan Hensel Gallery
             3441 Cedar Ave S
            Minneapolis, MN 55407
When:  Saturday, Nov. 27 & Dec. 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Contact: susanhenselgallery.com

Sunday, November 14, 2010

SDA Members at 2010 Art at Ramsey

Be sure to visit 2010 ART AT RAMSEY: A Juried Holiday Art Fair of quality fine crafts and fine art. Three SDA members – Candy Kuehn, Kit Eastman, Marit Kucera – are participating.
This free event is a sale of quality work by over 60 juried local artists from the upper Midwest who create fine crafts including basketry, clay, fiber, glass, leather, jewelry (gold, silver, pewter, stone, beaded), metal, paper, wood, mixed media, as well as fine arts including painting, watercolor, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
There will be everything from leather handbags and belts, watercolor paintings, silver and gold jewelry, baskets, pressed flower art and hand-forged iron to woven scarves, stone sculpture vessels, dolls, fused glass pendants, woodcut prints, unique hand-dyed silk apparel, hand-carved wooden birds, mosaics, hand-woven rugs, hats, turned wood, original cards, hand-blown glass bowls, plus pottery tiles, vases, bowls, teapots and cups, and also Hmong needle work and holiday ornaments.
Art at Ramsey is sponsored by the Highland/Macalester/Groveland Community Education in cooperation with Artists’ Circle, a non-profit art organization promoting fine crafts. This is the art fair’s fourteenth anniversary show.

Saturday, December 4, 2010 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Ramsey Junior High Gymnasiums, 1700 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

Friday, October 22, 2010


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