Linda Hodges Gallery Pioneer Square
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 1 2017
See new work as well as old favorites by Northwest artist Gaylen Hansen. Former Stranger visual art editor Jen Graves wrote the following about Hansen in 2007 (which means that he is now 95 years old and still churning out new work):
"Hansen is 85 years old, lives in Eastern Washington, and describes himself as having grown up in the 'horse age.' His paintings have been categorized as neoexpressionist and endlessly compared with Philip Guston, but they are much more varied and methodical than that makes them sound. One of his favorites, 12 Balls from 2003, is a pink ground, slightly raked, with 12 orange-red and mucky green balls that look like they've come to rest, by chance, in an unruly grouping. The color is so inviting that despite the banal subject matter, you become hooked, and then you begin to notice patterns—those three line up to form a vertical, there's a diagonal. Some of the balls are painted with more finish than the others. It's a study in how to make a painting: by design or by making it up as you go along? (Mound of Grasshoppers, an update on Monet's haystacks, is another.)
But the subject matter of most of the pictures is far less formal. They include crickets and tulips and fish and buffalo and a recurring, roughly drawn bearded character named Kernal Bentleg (Hansen's alter ego for years). The surfaces are rather smooth, but seem thick and warm and inviting. (The paintings are also not framed but instead humbly stapled to the wall.)"