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Chad Hansen
updated: 01/16/2013
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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I Don't Know My Heart No More
The Casting of Aspersions
Ellis Island
Tree House
Two Party System
Industry
Ship
Washington
Revolutionary War
The Coronation of Captain Smith
Digging a hole
Pulling Teeth
The annuciation
The arrival
Tree House 2
 
Portfolio Keywords:  historical, humor, cartoon, childhood, social criticism, fantasy, figurative, narrative, consumer culture, portraiture, portraiture
 
 
I Don't Know My Heart No More by Chad Hansen
I Don't Know My Heart No More
latex paint and walnut ink on paper
2009
19"" x  19"" 
The Casting of Aspersions   by Chad Hansen
The Casting of Aspersions
latex paint and walnut ink on paper
2009
19"" x  19"" 
Ellis Island by Chad Hansen
Ellis Island
walnut ink on paper
2009
36"" x  50"" 
Tree House by Chad Hansen
Tree House
latex paint and walnut ink on paper
2009
30"" x  40"" 
Two Party System by Chad Hansen
Two Party System
Walnut Ink and Acrylic Ink on Paper
2008
30"" x  40"" 
Industry by Chad Hansen
Industry
latex paint, walnut ink and acrylic ink on paper
2008
18 " x  24 " 
Ship by Chad Hansen
Ship
latex paint, walnut ink and acrylic ink on paper
2008
30"" x  40"" 
Washington by Chad Hansen
Washington
latex paint and walnut ink on paper
2008
30 " x  50 " 
Revolutionary War by Chad Hansen
Revolutionary War
walnut ink on paper
2008
20"" x  23"" 
The Coronation of Captain Smith  by Chad Hansen
The Coronation of Captain Smith
walnut ink and acrylic ink on paper
2008
16"" x  20"" 
Digging a hole by Chad Hansen
Digging a hole
walnut ink on paper
2012
0" x  0" 
Pulling Teeth by Chad Hansen
Pulling Teeth
walnut ink on paper
2012
0" x  0" 
The annuciation by Chad Hansen
The annuciation
Walnut Ink, Acrylic Ink, and Latex Paint on Paper
2011
0" x  0" 
The arrival by Chad Hansen
The arrival
walnut Ink, Acrylic Ink, and Latex Paint on Paper
2011
0" x  0" 
Tree House 2 by Chad Hansen
Tree House 2
walnut Ink, Acrylic Ink, and Latex Paint on Paper
2011
0" x  0" 

Artist Statement
My work explores the events of American history as a mythology, complete with heroes and villains, who are guided by gods with unforeseen goals and interests at heart.  The characters I choose often play an important role in a watershed moment in U. S. history, and therefore become a kind of shorthand for that event.    For example the colonization of the Americas is expressed through Captain John Smith’s interaction with various characters that represent American capitalist interests.  Doing this helps me explore how historical events can meld into one another.

My work also takes ownership of the past and explains the origins of the United States of America: it is an allegorical body of work that equips the viewer with an alternate entry point for the viewing of the events of the past that are portrayed in history books.  I do so by manufacturing documents and artifacts from the past, which looks as if it came out of the time it is depicting.  I combine the work of early American artists (who intended to provide a document of the times they lived in for future generations), with the work of self-taught artists (who are depicting a world they believe should exist). The result is a narrative that is both historical and fantastical.  These pieces build upon this combined narrative form to explore the roots of this country as it moved from a series of colonies to a nation of corporate entities.

Artist Bio / CV
Education  

2008     Kent State University                                      Kent, Ohio
•    MFA Painting/Drawing
2003 
    Kent State University                                      Kent, Ohio
•    B.A. Art Education

 Teaching Experience  

 Fall 2008-Present           

Kent State University, Stark Branch                        Canton, Ohio

Spring 2009-Present        

University of Akron                                                 Akron, Ohio

  Fall 2010                                               

Cuyahoga Community College                               Parma, Ohio

Spring 2011

Lorain Community College                                   Elyria, Ohio

Exhibitions    

2011

Kent State University Downtown Gallery                Kent, Ohio
•    “Moving On” group show curated by Martin Ball
2010    
 

Kent State University Stark                                  Canton, Ohio
•    “Breaking New Ground” group show  

Fragment Gallery                                              Tucson, Arizona
•    “Potluck” faculty group                     

Kent State University Stark                                  Canton, Ohio
•    “Faculty Show” faculty group show
2009  
                          

Link Gallery                                                           Warren, Ohio
•    “Two Party System” Solo show
2008  
                          

Kent State University Stark                                  Canton, Ohio
•    “Faculty Show” faculty group show
Kent State University Painting Gallery                   Kent, Ohio
•    “Root Drawings MFA Thesis Show” Solo show for thesis
 Kent State University Main Gallery                         Kent, Ohio
•    “2008 Annual Student Show” group student show juried by William Busta
2007    
                        

Atrium Gallery Kent State University                      Kent, Ohio
•    “Celebration of Scholarship” group show
Massillon Museum of Art                               Massillon, Ohio
•    “Studio M presents: Chad Hansen” solo show
2006   
                              

Summit Art Space                                                Akron, Ohio
•    “Fresh Art” group show juried by Dan Tranberg and Don Harvey
Awards  
 
2008  
                     

Graduate Student Senate Research Grant
2007   
   

“MOCA Cleveland’s Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Critics Program.” Selected to meet with curator and art critic Dan Cameron
Press  
 

2009    

New American Paintings  Issue 83, 2009
•    Featured in the Midwestern issue juried by Lynne Warren, mentioned in the curator’s essay and featured on pages 72-75.