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Michael D. Hansel

St. George's School, P.O. Box 1910
Newport, RI 02840, U.S.A.
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Phone: (401) 847 - 8759
Email: Mike_Hansel@stgeorges.edu
URL: http://www.mikehansel.com

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ARTISTS' STATEMENT:

Through my sculpture, I attempt to satirize function while also suggesting a conceptual relationship between life and industry. My primary method is to create industrial looking forms, which serve only aesthetic purposes.

The contrasting relationship between hard and soft forms is the basic component of how I interpret things visually. Their interaction is, in one way or another, the overriding concept in all the objects that I have made. Each piece, I think, tells a slightly different story. Some suggest a tranquil association between two very different components. Others allude to machines that can manipulate organic things and sometimes plant-forms start to take on mechanical characteristics. All of them attempt to illustrate the sense of irony that seems to exist when forms are separated from their function.

Much of my energy and thoughts are spent in the pursuit of shapes and forms that will represent these concepts. Finding these shapes is a constant challenge. Numerous preliminary drawings lead to experiments in various plastic materials, such as clay. I prefer to start with familiar objects and strip away information until they become less and less recognizable. The resulting forms are references to, rather than literal representations of machines or plants. My goal is to create finished compositions that leave the viewer with the comfort of familiarity and the uncertainty of not being able to truly identify or categorize any of the forms.

The materials have been chosen because of the reference they make to industry. Steel has long been associated with durability and utility but I make every effort to focus attention on the materials appearance. I tease the viewer by suggesting that they might have been designed to perform some sort of task. The materials are distressed in an effort to reproduce the effects of use or age. These are further clues pointing to the notion that these objects may have experienced a former life. Although it sometimes appears that these are "found objects", this is not the case. My ideas go through many re-evaluations during the design process and construction of the sculpture. I make an attempt to generate and develop ideas through preliminary drawings. It is very rare, however, that I am able to plan out a finished sculpture on paper. Many corrections or design revisions are made during the construction of each piece. The experience is always one of inquiry that often leads to unforeseen forms and compositions.

RESUME

Education:

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA
Graduate School of Fine Art
Master of Fine Art, Sculpture, 1989

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, Cincinnati, OH
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
Bachelor of Fine Art; Summa Cum Laude, 1986

Experience:

ST. GEORGE'S SCHOOL, Newport, RI
August 1993 to present
Chairman of the Art Department since 1996
The J. Vaughan Merrick III Chair in Architecture, Art History and Painting
Teacher of Foundation, 3-D Design, and Advanced Placement Studio Art courses.

THE PEDDIE SCHOOL, Hightstown, NJ
August 1990 to June 1993
Teacher of sculpture, ceramics, woodworking and drawing; having competence in
working with a wide variety of materials such as clay, wood, and steel.

ANTIETAM FOUNDRY INC., Trenton, NJ
June 1992 to September 1992
Three month study grant in the field of metalsmithing and welding.

HANSEL FINE ART, Philadelphia, PA
July 1989 to August 1990
Self-employed picture framer, which included the design and manufacture of steel,
wood and Plexiglas frames.

WASSERMAN PLUMBING & ELECTRIC,INC., Ardmore, PA
June 1988 to August 1990
Electrical technician and finish carpenter. Primary work involved the renovation
of commercial and residential property.

CREATIVE FRAMING, Ardmore, PA
July 1986 to June 1988
Picture framing, sales.

HYDE STREET FRAME SHOP, San Francisco, CA
February 1981 to January 1982
Ownership, management, sales and picture framing.

DANA REICH GALLERY, San Francisco, CA
March 1979 to January 1982
Preparation and installation of art work.

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, Washington, D.C.
Honorable Discharge January 12, 1979
Presidential Honor Guard.

Selected Exhibitions:

2003

"NAVY PIER WALK 2003", Chicago, IL
International outdoor sculpture show juried by David Pagel.

WHEELER GALLERY, Providence, RI
Two person invitational show.

SOHO20 GALLERY CHELSEA, New York, NY
National show juried by Janet Koplos, senior editor, Art in America, Best of Show

"ISC@GFS" 2003 ISC MEMBER JURIED EXHIBITION, Hamilton, NJ
International juried show at the "Grounds For Sculpture"

BRISTOL ART MUSEUM, Bristol, RI
Two person invitational show.

2002

"CONVERGENCE ART FESTIVAL", Providence, RI
Large scale outdoor sculpture: "Bristling", steel, cast pewter, bronze.

WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY, Silver City, NM
Three person invitational show.

SKIDMORE COLLEGE, Saratoga Springs, NY
One person show, the Schick Gallery outdoor sculpture space.

BRISTOL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Fall River, MA
Group show in Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery.

2001

"CONVERGENCE ART FESTIVAL", Providence, RI
Large scale outdoor sculpture: "Innerchange", steel, bronze.

BRIDGEWATER STATE COLLEGE, Bridgewater, MA
One person show

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM, Newport, RI
One person show, "Industrial Daydreams, sculpture by Michael Hansel"

2000

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM, Newport, RI
"Thirteenth Annual Juried Members Exhibition" Best of Show

SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION, Newport, RI
"Five Rhode Island Artists"

SUYDAM DIEPENBROCK GALLERY, Newport, RI
One person show.

1998

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM, Newport, RI
"Eleventh Annual Juried Members Exhibition" First prize sculpture division

1997

"CONVERGENCE ART FESTIVAL", Providence, RI
Large sculpture, "Floating Device", placed in lobby of One Citizens Plaza

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM, Newport, RI
"Tenth Annual Juried Members Exhibition" Charrette Merit Award

WARWICK ART MUSEUM, Warwick, RI
Regional juried exhibition

DUBLOIS GALLERY, Newport, RI
"Michael Hansel-Sculpture, Renee Bissell-Paintings"

1993

ARTS CENTER OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY, New Milford, NJ
"National Juried Show" Jurors: Harvey Dinnerstein, L. Goulet, William Scharf

WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER, Watchung, NJ
Four person show, "Quatro", awarded through regional competition

1992

A. J. LEDERMAN FINE ART GALLERY, Hoboken, NJ
"Breaking Space, Selected New Jersey Artists"

ARTS CENTER OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY, New Milford, NJ
"National Juried Show" First prize sculpture division. Juror: Cynthia Goodman.

TRENTON CITY MUSEUM, Trenton, NJ
"Ellarslie Open XI" national juried exhibition

SEYMOUR BERGER CENTER FOR THE ARTS, East Hills, NY
open juried art exhibition. First prize sculpture

1991

NEW JERSEY CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS, Summit, NJ
"International Juried Show '91" honorable mention sculpture division.
Juried by Donald Kuspit,