Now Showing

The Windows on Cedar Project

The focus of the Windows on Cedar Project is on up and coming local Minneapolis artists. Experienced and emerging artists are invited to design an exhibition for the large shop windows of the Susan Hensel Gallery building.  The windows are lit 24-7 and are at a well lit bus stop in South Minneapolis.  It is ideal space for experimentation or for early forays into designing a solo exhibition.  Since the gallery opened in 2004, over 80 shows have been mounted, many with separate Windows on Cedar exhibitions. The scheduling is generally 6 shows per year, made loose and flexible by the Covid 19 pandemic.  Stay tuned for updates.

Neutral Territory

August 15, 2021-November 15, 2021.

As part of her artsy show, Neutral Territory, Kim Matthews sculptures are on display.Th

The show spans three venues as a mini-retrospective of Matthews’ work. 15 are represented on Susan Hensel Gallery’s online platform . The two large works occupying the windows of the brick-and-mortar Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis  are Ludus and D+ W. An additional solo exhibition of colorful recent sculptures, Objects of Affection, opens at Douglas Flanders & Associates in Minneapolis on October 2.e pandemic, its impact, its interaction, and ripple effect has forcibly demonstrated new ways of navigating. This body of work represents my navigations through this present time.

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Navigating New Waters

April 15, 2021-June 30/21

This new work by Kate Vinson represents her continued love of the tactile. Art making for her is often a full body kinesthetic experience. She enjoys the physicality of materials, the whole body engagement of creating hand made paper, and the deliberate, mindful journey of the artistic process.

Stitching and collage was a creative way to maintain an artistic practice while navigating the exhausting work as an educator during an pandemic that has turned everything on its head.

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Remaking

Remaking
By
Kathryn D’Elia
early 2021

This exhibition is a collection of work created through gathered observations: a person, a moment of speech, shapes of a curtain, bodily structures, snow-blanketed objects. They are exaggerated, warped, stacked, built and lit to “remake” them into something new–to create something familiar, but on edge.

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August 15, 2021-November 16, 2021

Neutral Territory

Kim Matthews Biography

Kim Matthews makes nonobjective drawings and sculpture in various media. The frequent use of accretion to develop her works evolved from practical concerns—the need to be productive with little available studio time—and spiritual ones, as repetition is evocative of the mantra meditation that structures her daily life. The recipient of a 2010-2011 Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant, Ms. Matthews exhibits in nonprofit and commercial venues throughout the U.S. In 2017, she participated in her first international exhibition in Ukraine. Her work is featured in Lark Books’ 500 Paper Objects and Artistry in Fiber, Volume II: Sculpture, published by Schiffer.

Artist’s Statement

I’m interested in the ineffable qualities of “objectness”—what is sometimes called aura—as well as materiality and process as vehicles for spiritual engagement. My work is rooted in a long-term medita­tion practice; making drawings and sculptures is a complementary discipline of devotion. I use tactility to draw the viewer into the work and toward introspection through the seduction of intense looking.

The works in this exhibition, made over the past 12 years, reflect an ongoing interest in monochrome and a long-term tendency to alternate between organic and geometric bodies of work.

The 108 Series drawings are a kind of art medicine spurred by profound loss. They are influenced by the Tantric drawings of Rajasthan in their format, simplicity, and potential use for prayer or contem­plation. They tend to emerge in response to current world events or personal ones; I’ve made them throughout the Australian wildfires, COVID, and the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, for instance, although they began in response to a breakup of a long-term relationship. They are not topical but are intended to make space for silence and healing in the user’s life

Neutral Territory by Kim Matthews

April 15, 2021-June 30,2021

Navigating New Waters

Artists Statement

Kate Vinson

This work represents my continued love of the tactile. Art making for me is often a full body kinestic experience. I enjoy the physicality of materials, the whole body engagement of creating hand made paper, and the deliberate, mindful journey of the artistic process.

This current body of work began as hand pulled sheets of paper made from a variety of fiber pulps and experimentation with inclusions and laminated sheet forming.

This resulted in hundreds of pieces of paper waiting for the next timely transformation. Color was applied through marbling knowing this technique would react to the dimensionality of the paper while preserving its overall inherent qualities.

Stitching and collage was a creative way to maintain an artistic practice while navigating the exhausting work as an educator during an pandemic that has turned everything on its head.

The pandemic, its impact, its interaction, and ripple effect has forcibly demonstrated new ways of navigating. This body of work represents my navigations through this present time. katevinsonartist@gmail.com

Navigating New Waters by Kate Vinson

Recent Exhibitions

Remaking by Kathryn D’Elia

Artists Statement

Kathryn D’Elia

This exhibition is a collection of work created through gathered observations: a person, a moment of speech, shapes of a curtain, bodily structures, snow-blanketed objects. They are exaggerated, warped, stacked, built and lit to “remake” them into something new–to create something familiar, but on edge.

Further discoveries can be made between artworks. Bridges of color and value marry mold structures, into lung tissue, into the curving forms of an elderly woman’s cheek–into a larger and larger environment of association, one that reaches, leans, sucks, and grows, one that changes dramatically in theme and propensity once rearranged and reassociated.

Kathryn D’Elia was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She attended a high school for the arts before attending Flagler College to earn her BFA in 2011 and The University of Washington for her MFA in 2014. She moved to Minnesota in 2016 and currently resides in Saint Paul. She enjoys her work teaching drawing and painting at Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley and adult painters at Artistry in Bloomington.

Artist Website:  Kdelia.com

Instagram:  @kathryn_delia_studio

all? by Sandra Brick

Artists Statement

Sandra Brick

all?
(white shirts from second-hand stores, hand-dyed thread and clothes pins)

2020

The U.S. Declaration of Independence begins with the assertion that all are endowed with “certain unalienable rights.” Specifically, the nation’s founders listed, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The last three words of the Pledge of Allegiance, an expression of loyalty to country and flag, promise, “justice for all”.

With these shirts, I wonder if the US Government is protecting these “unalienable rights” for ALL. Is our government truly providing justice for all?’

I ask the viewer, “Are you a bystander just waiting to see if the promise of the Declaration of Independence is upheld or a upstander making sure everyone’s unalienable rights are protected?

Bio

Working with my hands has been an integral part of my daily life since childhood. Being a textile artist is, for me, an ongoing activity. I dye and stitch and invent new ways to embellish fabric. By sculpting with fiber, I incorporate space and texture into my designs. Creating art involves solving problems, discovering possibilities, merging ideas, and sharing who I am.

Over the past 20 years I have developed a diverse body of work including a set of 42 embroidered pieces that visually interpret haikus written by a local poet, 24 visual “translations” of memories written by a local Holocaust survivor, ten separate works of art depicting different themes for an interfaith artist circle.

Embracing ambiguity is the start of my process. Knowledge is part of the process. Yet there is room for discovery and confusion. For me, art is really about being open to surprise.

Recently I have started aiming my work toward exploring social justice. Can the needle be used as a call to action?

We Help Other Artists

Susan Hensel is a highly productive, multimedia artist who exhibits frequently. She also represents herself as an artist. This means she shows in academic settings and artist-run spaces and a few select online commercial galleries. In her 50+ year career, she has exhibited in well over 300 exhibitions, with 35 solo shows, from coast to coast, with a brief foray into Mexico. Susan Hensel mentors other artists who are looking to establish themselves in the industry.

Contact Susan For Mentorship

Susan Hensel Gallery @ Artsy.net

Susan Hensel Art 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 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. The Susan Hensel Gallery is now both a large window gallery on Cedar Avenue, a main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis.