As an artist I am not an explorer of the human condition, so much as a hapless tourist, making snapshots of whatever strikes my fancy. I work primarily in paper-mache, the appeal of which is twofold. First, it is fast enough that I can try out ideas without any sense of commitment. Secondly, it is a material so inherently humble that I can claim to make "cultural icons" or distilled social observations" with out feeling too pretentious. Stylistically, I think of my work as lifelike rather then realistic, a choice made out of a desire to represent ideas rather then individuals. I make sculptures with the idea that it should both attract and communicate. Towards that end, I try to create art that is intellectually accessible and aesthetically seductive. I approach my workday as though I were directory of a small reparatory company, with a group of actors that I costume and coerce into the character in the story I want to tell. They tend toward overacting.
Hansen's meticulous paper-mache - please note that these are not your typical childhood wet newspaper creations - cartoon-like creatures are known all over the world and spice up many a museum and corporate collection from the Capitol Art Foundation Collection in Santa Fe to the Jyukano Research Institute in Tokyo, from United States Embassies in Italy and Venezuela to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C..
Inspirations for Hansen's work often emerge from a play on words, a common phrase or a bit of conversation. His sculpture "High Maintenance" is typical of his humor and features a woman surrounded by a gang of workers atop a ladder and scaffolding busily painting her nails, applying her makeup and combing her hair. Playwright Mark Madoff, who received a Governor's Arts Award in 1980, says about Hansen, "He is one of the unique artists working not only in New Mexico but in the world today. I marvel at his mind, at where his ironic punning concepts come form, and I marvel at the execution."
Selected Exhibitions and Public Collections:
U.S. Department of State, "Art in Embassies Program", Havana, Cuba 2012
Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, New Mexico, 2009 Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC: 2001, 2003, 2007– 2009
Museum of New Mexico, Sante Fe, NM, 2002, 2009
Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM, 2009
Las Cruces Museum Of Art, Las Cruces, NM: Retrospective 2009
Museum of New Mexico, Governor's Gallery, Santa Fe, NM: 2002, 09
William and Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe,NM: 2013
Zenith Gallery, Wash. DC: 1979, 81,87, 88, 90, 94, 97,99, 00, 03, 05, 08, 12
Water Street Gallery, Saugatuck, MI:1992, 99, 02, 04, 06, 07, 09, 2011-15
Glenn Cutter Galleries, Las Cruces, NM: 1995, 97, 98, 00, 01, 04, 06, 09, 11,13,15 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Musee de Civilisation, Quebec
National Building Museum, Washington, DC
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History
United States Information Agency, Washington, DC, Colombo, Sri Lanka
United States Consular Collection, BiNational Gallery, Naples, Italy
United States Embassy, Rome, Italy
Education: Self-Taught Sculpture: Archival paper ache, resin, hydrocal, bronze, steel Graphics: Watercolor, etching, engraving