The “Geist” of Dean Ebben

2021-10-27T18:38:21-04:00Articles, News|

The "Geist" of Dean Ebben Geist is a word that comes up in discussion with Dean Ebben...There is not a precise definition or translation of it. But it seems to be the "uber" meaning, the unspoken totality or subconscious underpinnings of experiences. It relates to his understanding of the meaning of "wisdom work." Although Dean works in the Museum of Biblical Art, his understanding of wisdom work is not a religious one. Like the writers of deep history, he seeks wisdom through the exploration of ideas, materials, mythology and narrative...He seeks the "geist." Dean has made a series entitled Geist .They are gouache paintings, painted on over beaten flax that he beat and sheet-formed at Cave Paper in Minneapolis, MN. The images stem from imagination, dreams, personal mythology, media, art history and popular culture. The series continues with increasing subtlety and will likely be part of his show. In the House of the Mineral Spirits, opening in January. About Susan Hensel Gallery 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 [...]

Body Work & Willow in Motion | Susan Hensel Gallery | Artsy.net

2021-11-18T22:57:51-05:00Exhibition, News|

BODY WORK & Willow in Motion at Susan Hensel Gallery by Martha Bird Susan Hensel Gallery is proud to present Minneapolis, multidisciplinary artist Martha Bird’s new show Willow in Motion in the Windows on Cedar Project and Body Work on artsy.net. Running from November 15th, 2021 to January 15th, 2022, Body Work exhibits Bird’s intricately created natural fiber works. Using willow the artist raises and/or harvests herself according to sustainable practices, Bird creates captivating pieces that talk about the complex struggles and triumphs of the body. These works include her well known spiral forms that mimic the organic geometry of everything from the smallest creatures to the largest galaxies. The exhibit also contains sculptural objects that examine personal experiences of trauma and injury in diverse ways. The largest number of works are in the Artsy show. A few are in the windows. Driveby, take bus#23 and see if you can figure out which pieces are here IN REAL LIFE! […]

There is a certain mystery that lurks here…

2021-11-23T21:55:31-05:00Articles, News, Art|

There is a certain mystery that lurks here... Just off the center of the gallery lurks a mystery: a house that neither hides, nor quite shelters space. Enclosed in this house is our basic human vulnerability. It stands like a ghost, a chimera, a reminder that our sense of control and safety is a necessary trope that allows us to live in this world. When you look through it, it softens our vision like sweet nostalgia. ars domestica continues through the end of the month, May 28. More Mending Circles remain. Bring your mending and your stories. Libbie Soffer will provide company, expertise or her own nimble fingers, as needed.   Mending Circle times: May 16, 17, 18 & 23, noon-5pm Friday, May 20, 5pm until around 7 pm when Carolyn Halliday will lead a discussion with Libbie about her work. And, remember, the Susan Hensel Gallery is always open Monday 10-5 and on other days by very generous appointment. Susan Hensel Gallery 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 [...]

From Rust Belt to Artist Belt

2021-11-18T22:49:27-05:00Articles, News, Art|

From Rust Belt to Artist Belt Leslie Sobel, here tonight in the gallery. Is involved in the Rust Belt to Artist Belt conferences and was instrumental to bringing the conference to Detroit. http://www.detroitmakeithere.com/article/20100405/DM01/304059989 April 2010... "Wayne State University's Tech Town led the city's bid for the conference. Working with a number of other local organizations, including The Heidelberg Project, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and WSU College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts. The group should know in the next couple of weeks when the conference will be held, said Julie Brock, development director for Tech Town. Tech Town has hired Leslie Sobel. An independent artist from Milan and president of the Milan Area Arts Council. To help plan the conference and to expand participation of arts organizations beyond Detroit to those in other Southeast Michigan counties, Brock said. “The conference is centered on the idea that rust belt cities are the perfect breeding ground for new artists. With low-cost living, industrial spaces and open land you can't get in New York or (Los Angeles,)” Brock said. “Because it's been so successful in Cleveland the past two years. They wanted one of [...]

Why I persist | Covid and civil unrest | Susan Hensel Gallery

2021-02-11T21:38:53-05:00Articles, Embroidery Art, News|

“Hope is a fragile thing, Peter continued, as fragile as a flower. Its fragility makes it easy to sneer at, by people who see life as a dark and difficult ordeal, people who get angry when something they can’t believe in themselves gives comfort to others. They prefer to crush the flower underfoot as if to say: See how weak this thing is, see how easily it can be destroyed. But, in truth, hope is one of the strongest things in the universe. Empires fall, civilizations vanish into dust, but hope always comes back, pushing up through the ashes, growing from seeds that are invisible and invincible.”-Michael Faber […]

What do Jazz & Machine Embroidery Have in Common? | Digital Embroidery

2020-05-26T11:25:49-04:00Articles, News|

What do jazz and digital embroidery have in common? Part of the answer is in this small interview I did on Jazz88 FM. https://www.jazz88.fm/2020/04/20/artist-susan-hensel/ Radio host Emily Reese has been interviewing artists during the “time of COVID” to see what and how they are doing! What I am doing is this: updating my website, writing blog posts, and, yes, plodding forward finishing some larger pieces, and testing out ideas. I talked about the business side of art. I also spoke about how I work improvisationally at the embroidery machines and how I got started in machine embroidery. […]

Kristen Dieng Wonder Me Mosaics

2021-04-30T11:41:43-04:00Articles, Embroidery Art, News, Artists|

Kristen Dieng Wonder Me Mosaics Kristen Dieng Wonder Me Mosaics. It was a glorious October day when Kristin completed installing in the windows of Susan Hensel Gallery. Reflections are always a problem when photographing the windows.  But, on this day, the reflections added the fall trees to the picture, augmenting the experience. […]

In The Windows: Kate Vinson

2021-02-16T18:24:49-05:00Exhibition, News|

My work often comes from a place of mind, body, and spirit. As a sculptor. I use easily accessible materials to create contemporary forms. These forms are grounded in an organic sensibility interpreted with an element of transformation. I enjoy exploring philosophical constructs such as being/becoming, existence/potential, ways of knowing, universality, and the lived experience. […]

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