Using the Lakota tribe method, Glen Hanson creates geometric and minimalist forms using glass beads on deer-hide. Matt Magee presents paintings created by use of various found materials or using traditional oil paint. Seriality, repetition and sequencing are a common thread.
Glen Hanson and Matt Magee will exhibit their recent work at inde/jacobs gallery. The opening is scheduled for Saturday – January 28th from 5-8.
Glen Hanson continues to explore the use of minimalist and geometric forms in the traditional medium of glass beads on deer-hide. Glen uses the “lazy stitch” of the Lakota tribe of the northern Midwest. His hand-made artwork often includes tens of thousands of glass beads. This is a meditative practice that results in work that is very Marfan in character. Simple forms meet organic and traditional meet materials and methodology.
Glen is originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He was the most important art dealer for decades working out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Glen is now a familiar face in Marfa and is a docent for the Chinati Foundation.
Matt Magee’s artwork explores the broad topic of language and communication through marks and forms. He is creating a site-specific wall painting called Marfa Grapheme for the inde/jacobs gallery. In linguistics, a grapheme is the smallest unit of a writing system of any language. An individual grapheme may or may not carry meaning by itself, and may or may not correspond to a single phoneme of the spoken language.
His Three Quarters of You represents Magee’s playful use of language. “You” is presented as a capital “U” – whereas ¾ of a U becomes a “J.”
Magee was born in Paris. He spent decades in New York City working as an artist and as an archivist for Robert Rauschenberg. He now resides in Phoenix and exhibits internationally. His most recent exhibits have been in London, New York and now Marfa.
The common elements unifying these two artists are repetition, seriality, sequencing, stitch-work, materiality – all to create beautiful paragraphs of form.