As You Are, I Once Was. As I Am, You Will Be, 2016

Matthew HANSEL (b.1977, American)
Lives and works in New York, NY

artist

Matthew HANSEL

media

Painting, Oil

size

Large

dimensions

152.4 cm x 121.9 cm / 60 in. x 48 in.

color

Multi-colored

orientation

Portrait

region

The United States

Year

2016

price-range

10,000 – 49,999 USD

Brooklyn-based artist Matt Hansel literally and figuratively deconstructs the historical painting, manipulating and folding his canvases to create a surreal and immersive visual experience. Layering imagery from classical painting with warped cartoons and trompe l’oeil figures, Hansel’s work plays with visual absurdity and challenges perspective. Says the artist of his paintings, “These are fake history paintings. More specifically, these are paintings of ceremonies that surround fictitious historic moments. These paintings speak to our need for communal activities and how those activities are being constantly redefined by history.”

Hansel’s work has been shown at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI, Yuka Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan, The Art Center, Martinsburg, WV, Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City, CA, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY, Hooper Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 1822 Fulton St, Brooklyn, and The Lodge Gallery, New York, among others. In 2011 Hansel received a grant from New York Foundation for the Arts.

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