About Susan Hensel Gallery – Contemporary Art by Susan Hensel

Opened September 10th, 2004 Susan Hensel Gallery was a gallery/ workspace presenting 5-6 shows per year devoted to the concept of narrative in the arts in an intimate space, with hardwood floors and high tin ceilings. The Susan Hensel Gallery is now both a window gallery on Cedar Avenue, the main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis and an online venture represented on Artsy.net.

In March 2013, the interior space reverted to a working studio for Susan Hensel where she continues to work on small and largescale artwork with an attitude. You can find her current work at Susan Hensel Projects

The studio remains open to the public by appointment or chance, on Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.  You are welcome to drop by this gallery/workspace at any time, but a call ahead prevents frustration.

The well lit Windows on Cedar Project are available to be seen 24 hours a day.

Susan Hensel Gallery three interwoven threads of activity
Art, Materiality & The Windows on Cedar Project

Mission

The focus of Susan Hensel Gallery is on compelling objects, meaningful use of materials, and engaging sculpture. It is a gallery where experimental ideas and works of the hand join to create unique sensory experiences. Opened September 10th, 2004 Susan Hensel Gallery is a gallery/ workspace presenting 5-6 shows per year in an intimate space, with hardwood floors and high tin ceilings. In 2013 the interior space reverted to a working studio for Susan Hensel where she continues to work on small and largescale artwork that engages both sculptural and cultural space. You can find her current work at www.SusanHenselProjects.com. The Susan Hensel Gallery is now both a large window gallery on Cedar Avenue, a main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis, and an online venture represented on Artsy.net.

Curator’s Statement

In my gallery work I am called to represent midwest artists to the greater, international art market.  I represent artists who share my love of materiality.  The materials we work with drive much of our output.

For me, the computer aided, industrial textile practice encourages great experimentation with color perception, texture and form.  I stretch the expectations of sculpture, making hard edged objects from soft materials.

For those I represent in Susan Hensel Gallery, like Ingrid Restemayer, the unusual combination of traditional printmaking practices with the slow, contemplative work of hand stitching creates a space to slow down.

For K. Daphnae Koop, recovery of the beauty of  discarded wood and stone, opens up a poetic practice that searches, digs, carves, paints and re-discovers beauty.

For Nina Martine Robinson, the repetitive stitching  recovers the historic labor of women and presents it in new forms.

Sculptor Kim Matthews engages with materials from a modernist perspective in a manner consistent with a years long meditation practice.  To be in the presence of her colorful sculptures, both large and small, it both a peaceful and a playful experience.

Linda King Ferguson, makes lush, quiet, minimalist paintings and drawings that evoke a sense of wonder, through the interaction of her materials with color and the way she cuts and reveals the interior space.  Her wall work paradoxically retains a sculptural sense of objecthood while still being, absolutely, painting.

Martha Bird, a joyful basketmaker, believes in the healing nature of art.  She works with multiple materials, but especially willow and the new exciting sweetgrass she grows in her urban yard. Thoroughly skilled in traditional forms, her artwork expands far beyond the expectations placed on the qutideon notion of the “basket.”

We all share the need to touch and manipulate our materials.  We all need to look deeply, within ourselves and toward the world we help create. Philosophically, I think you will see a certain throughline of contemplation, perhaps even spirituality. And, certainly, at Susan Hensel Gallery, you will always see beautiful, well-made objects that can enrich your life.

Susan Hensel Quotes

“FIBER AND MIXED MEDIA OBJECTS OF OVERWHELMING COLOR THAT TRANSCEND THE QUOTIDIAN, CREATING EXPERIENCES THAT STEP INTO PURE SENSATION.”

Learn More About Susan’s Career

A Gallery of Narrative Art

The Susan Hensel Gallery is currently a window gallery on Cedar Avenue, a main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis. In March 2013, the interior space reverted to a working studio for Susan Hensel where she continues to work on small and largescale artwork with an attitude. You can find her current work at Susan Hensel Projects.

History

Opened September 10th, 2004 Susan Hensel Gallery was a gallery/ workspace presenting 5-6 shows per year devoted to the concept of narrative in the arts in an intimate space, with hardwood floors and high tin ceilings. In 2021, the focus of Susan Hensel Gallery is on compelling objects, meaningful use of materials, and engaging sculpture. It is a gallery where experimental ideas and works of the hand join to create unique sensory experiences.

About The Gallery

It has always been the intent of Susan Hensel Gallery to provide experiences to stretch and test the story making impulse. Though the regular schedule of the gallery has been retired, it continues to be so.

The studio remains open to the public by chance or appointment on Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. You are welcome to drop by this gallery/workspace at anytime, but a call ahead prevents frustration.

The well-lit Windows on Cedar Project exhibits are available 24 hours a day.

Artwork by Susan Hensel Gallery

Fine Art, Fiber Art, Embroidery Artwork , Sculpture And Paintings

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