Maren Hassinger: “The Spirit of Things”

February 24, 2018

May 26, 2018

12:00 PM To 6:00 PM

Art + Practice Exhibition Space, West 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA, USA


(323) 337-6887

Event Description

Opening: February 24, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Exhibition Walkthrough: February 24, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Regular Hours: Mon – Sat 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Art + Practice (A+P) and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will present a solo exhibition by Artist Maren Hassinger at A+P in Los Angeles, CA. from February 24 to May 26, 2018. This is the first retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work in her hometown of Los Angeles. It features sculpture, performance documentation, and videos that explore the emotional dynamics of relationships amongst different communities of people and the environments in which they live. The exhibition will also be presented in Baltimore, MD, another city important to the artist. Hassinger, a 1973 UCLA graduate, has been the Director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art since 1997. The exhibition is curated by BMA’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman. The show will be on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art from July 18 through November 25, 2018.

For over four decades, Maren Hassinger has explored relationships between the industrial and natural worlds in a practice that is both meditative and critical. From the 1970s on, her sculpture has incorporated common materials associated with manufacturing, mass media, and commerce. In abstract compositions such as those that will be on view at Art + Practice, she transforms wire rope, newspapers, plastic bags, and more into evocations of the beauty found in conditions often dismissed as blighted or marginal.

Hassinger is also a formative practitioner of performance art and site-specific interventions, collaborating with Senga Nengudi and other LA-based artists during the 1970s. Her performances involve dance, as well as movements observed from everyday life, and investigate communal activity and commonalities amongst groups of people. This important body of work will be documented in photographs within the show. Additionally, Hassinger has produced moving videos that address race, gender, and other aspects of identity. Examples included at Art + Practice explore these themes through Hassinger’s interactions with her family members. In one work, she learns for the first time about aspects of her family’s history by interviewing her uncle. In another, filmed in a beautiful East Hampton seaside setting, she engages in improvisational choreography with her daughter, artist Ava Hassinger.

With its focus on relationships between people, materials, and environments, Hassinger’s art is frequently described as “ecological.” The artist clarifies this observation, stating: “I don’t think my work has so much to do with ecology, but focuses on elements, or even problems – social and environmental – that we all share, and in which we all have a stake. I don’t think that’s an ecological statement. I want it to be a humane and humanistic statement about our future together.”

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