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 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

In March 2013, the interior space reverted to a working studio for Susan Hensel where she continues to work on small and large scale 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.