Mike Hanson

Show ran from 4/1/2001 to 4/28/2001

Beautyrest,  installation.

This installation features Hansen’s quintessential hybrid structures that are mute objects and symbols of desire. Released from the conventions of sculpture and painting, they exist completely in neither two dimensions nor three dimensions. Wrapped in discarded and found mattress ticking, Hansen questions how comfort is sold, examined and portrayed through television advertising. In the mattresses’ anthromorphic stains, the spoils of everyday life, and the distortion of the structures reflecting back on us like images in a carnival fun-house mirror, Beautyrest manifests a playful hostility that places our view of comfort at odds with our perceptions.