Channing Hansen is a polymath. He simultaneously conveys an appreciation of craft and staggering wonder at advances in technology. Hansen's paintings are hand-knitted constructions stretched on bare wooden frames. Loops of yarn give form to a painterly abstraction or assert its uncertainty. Hansen picked up knitting almost a decade ago to preoccupy his restless mind and has been making paintings this way ever since.
Hansen is meticulously involved in every step of the process from start to finish. He dyes and spins the fibre himself using silk, alpaca, mohair, and wool. He then knits the strands on wooden needles. Once mounted, the knit is stretched to its limit and the netlike field reveals the supports underneath. The improvisatory appearance of his work is actually predetermined by a decision-making computer algorithm. Hansen follows these ‘instructions' for changes in colour, fibre and type of knit, without knowing what the work will look like once finished. Hansen explains his unusual process: "craft solves questions; art asks them," and in this sense, his paintings remain portals of possibility.
Notable solo exhibitions include: Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK (2017); ‘Self Portraits', CRG Gallery, New York, USA (2017); K2, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, USA (2016).
Notable group exhibitions include: ‘Knowledges', Mount Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles, USA (2017); ‘TWO X TWO', Dallas, USA (2016); ‘Intertwined', The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, USA (2016); ‘The Slow Burn', Ditch Projects, Springfield, USA (2015); ‘When the Sun Hits', The Pit, Los Angeles, USA (2015); ‘Warp and Weft, Chain Stitch and Pearl: Textiles in the Ahmanson Collection', Fieldsted & Company, Los Angeles, USA (2015); ‘Made in LA', Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA(2014).
Hansen's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; The Ahmanson Foundation, Los Angeles, USA.