installation shot of
The Shadows Cast by Ordinary Objects, 2009, mixed media installation
courtesy of Sloan Fine Arts
I first found the artwork of Hanna von Goeler at Sloan Fine Arts around a year ago. Ms. Alix Sloan, a true art lover and amazing gallerist, gave Ms. Goeler her project room to install a fantastic smorgasbord of reflective and translucent objects, including stenciled images mounted here and there amongst the detritus. Also amongst all these objects of finery and narcissism ran a little toy train with a light on its head. As it chugged around the table on its miniature tracks, it cast wonderfully calming and mesmerizing shadows upon the walls that moved and undulated. The set up on the lushly decorated table was a feast for all the senses, it would seem.
For me, Hanna’s work is sensual and intelligent, searching to understand the workings of our archetypal-based lives. Her work explores “what’s between”:
The interstitial, ambiguous, complex, transitory, changing, mystic, hybrid, un-named. The spaces outside of those structures we’ve already created to define and order our world.
Phantasmaphile recently (and with much excitement!) posted notice that a new exhibit of Hanna von Goeler’s work will be on view at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ. I’ve not ever been there, but images of the building on their site look beautiful, so a trip to see this exhibit will be a feast for the eyes, I’m sure. On view will be von Goeler’s money series entitled, The Currency of an Altered State from February 7 – March 21, 2010.
UPDATE: I’ve just been to the Hunter College, Times Square Gallery to see the opening of Smoke + Mirrors; Shadows + Fog which gloriously has on view Hanna’s The Shadows Cast by Ordinary Objects installation!