Spencer Hansen will be presenting his first solo show with Skye Gallery in Aspen, Colorado. Please Play is the culmination of a lifetime of artistic explorations featuring new one-of-a-kind pieces of interactive handmade sculpture and masks. The exhibition runs January 4th –February 14th, with an opening reception January 5th from 6-9 pm.
Please Play welcomes us into a strange world, reminding us of the power of curiosity and the often under-valued art of play. Working with a palette of natural materials of wood, leather, metal, ceramic and bone, each piece dances with the relationship between light and dark, texture, weight, time and form.
Meeting Spencer’s sculptures is like discovering a new species with an heir of familiarity. Simultaneously familiar and foreign, they have the power to elicit nostalgia and a sense of belonging, with an undeniable essence of something still unknown. Articulating limbs and a heavy focus on patinas exalts each piece a depth of life and invites the viewer to engage. This invitation blurs the line of the traditional separation of art and viewer and replaces “please do not touch” with, Please Play. Kind, curious, introspective and fun his creatures imprint hearts and minds.
Spencer’s masks explore the process of transformation, not much different than the act of creating one. By wearing a mask, we are not hiding behind, but emerging from, an act of becoming, allowing a new and uninhibited relationship to self and surroundings.
The show speaks to Spencer’s lifestyle and the way he chooses to create, inseparable concepts, continually creating as a vital life process of self -expression. The resulting narrative is an exhibition of intelligent and thoughtful designs translated into a world that invites one to engage in curiosity, interact, emerge and play.