Kirsten HassenfeldAmerican, b. 1971
New Work by Kirsten Hassenfeld (RISD ’94) opened September 25, 2009 at Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, Rhode Island. Featured in the exhibition were new ink on vellum drawings based on re-imagined “Blueware” designs together with paper and mixed media sculpture.
Simultaneously, Dans La Lune 2007, a large scale installation was exhibited at the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University (August 29-November 1, 2009). Commissioned by Rice University, Houston, Texas and exhibited in 2007 at the Rice University Art Gallery, the work traveled to Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York in January 2009 prior to the exhibition at Brown University.
Dans La Lune is a tour-de-force large scale sculptural installation using the modest and fragile medium of paper. The juxtaposition between the mass and the delicacy of the work, together with the suspension of the whole, creates an ethereal and dreamlike installation filled with images of decorative arts, nature and figurative elements. This work is a fantastical melange of elegant and symbolic reflections of history, decorative arts and design, as well as human nature and our relationships to the world of objects and to each other.
Kirsten Hassenfeld’s work has been the subject of four solo exhibitions since 2000 and has been included in numerous prestigious group exhibitions including PS1/MoMA, New York; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; White Columns, New York and an exhibition organized by the Public Art Fund, Brooklyn. She has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Dieu Donne Papermill, The Public Art Fund and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.