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Channing Hansen was born in 1972 in Los Angeles USA, where he continues to live and work.

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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
Channing Hansen: Pattern RecognitionSimon Lee Gallery
2018
Channing Hansen: MorphogenesisStephen Friedman Gallery
2017
Channing HansenStephen Friedman Gallery
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Taxonomies, 2019

Hand spun, hand dyed wool; synthetic fibres; and redwood
71 7/10 × 84 3/5 in
182 × 215 cm
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London , London
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Medium

Channing Hansen was born in 1972 in Los Angeles USA, where he continues to live and work.

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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works from Stephen Friedman Gallery
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