Hansen is a polymath, simultaneously pursuing interests in craft, science, and technology. His large hand-knitted textiles are mounted on wooden stretchers and feature vibrant, abstract forms that undulate across their web-like surfaces. An extremely labour-intensive process, the artist skirts, washes, dyes, blends, and spins the wool himself.
The improvisatory appearance of Hansen's work is in fact predetermined by a computer algorithm that generates potentially infinite combinations of colour, fibre, pattern, and knit. Relying purely on the algorithm to prompt changes in form, the artist is unaware of how the finished work will look until it is complete. The resulting compositions are varied and complex; areas of dense, looped stitches within the works sit alongside open knots that reveal the stretcher bars and wall behind. Organic, amoeba-like forms intermingle with thin tendrils of yarn that dart across the surface of the textiles, interrupting solid blocks of vibrant colour. Reverberating with energy, Hansen generates a tension between chaos and order by containing these hallucinatory compositions within the confines of the picture plane.
Notable solo exhibitions include: ‘Pattern Recognition', Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong (2019); ‘Morphogenesis', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2018); ‘Fluid Dynamics', Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, USA (2017); 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: ‘Inherent Structure', Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2018); ‘Black & White & In Between: Contemporary art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation', Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, USA (2018); ‘Knowledges', Mount Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles, USA (2017); 99 Cents or Less, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA (2017); ‘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 work is included in a number of prominent international collections including: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; and The Ahmanson Foundation, Los Angeles, USA.