Elias Hansen and Blake Hudson

Elias Hansen and Blake Hudson

I’m not crying because it hurts... (2015)

“There is something really special about being home. Whether it’s a house or just a town, there is a feeling that is indescribable when you’re actually there,” say the artists who grew up together. “We wanted to make an object that spoke to that feeling. Being home, there are certain things that help you feel comfortable. Big, silly glass. Goofy corks; pretty wire. Beautiful white armature.  Just like home.” In this collaborative work, the artists assemble a chandelier from disparate materials and objects which are peculiar to their notion of the home as a locus amoneus.

Elias Hansen (b. 1979, Indianola, WA) currently lives and works in upstate New York. In Elias Hansen’s practice, delicate blown-glass sculptures are often presented alongside deteriorating found objects; neutralising the contradictory status of the precious to the discarded and evoking a dialogue between the histories of each object. Bringing together the worn and the exquisite, Hansen’s elaborate structures often resemble an ultimately dysfunctional meth lab, translating the idealism and escapism of the industry into a compelling visual language tinged with the secrecy and mystery. Selected exhbitions include: Oh Brother, Maccarone, New York (2014); You can cry all you want, but it ain’t changing shit, Jonathan Viner (2014); I’m a long way from home and I don’t really know these roads, Anat Egbi, Los Angeles (2014); Should be Fine, Maccarone, New York (2012); Next time, they’ll know it’s us, The Company, Los Angleles (2011); Certainly couldn’t have learned it on my own, Frieze Frame with Jonathan Viner, London (2011); You know we’re nowhere near there, right?, Jonathan Viner, London (2011).

Blake Hudson (b. 1979, Bellingham, WA) makes comfortingly witty, expertly crafted sculptures — often made from unconventional materials — whose titles are just as important to the work as the work itself. Selected group exhbitions include: Active Space Gallery, New York (2013); Limits Complete, Gallery GB4, Providence (2010); RISD Glass Triennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence (2009).

Elias Hansen and Blake Hudson

I’m not crying because it hurts... (2015)

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Glass vessels 30 x 36 cm
Armature 122 x 76cm
Cork, glass, light bulbs, steel, wire

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