The David Winton Bell Gallery is currently exhibiting recent sculptures by Kirsten Hassenfeld. Stepping into the gallery, a viewer is immediately engulfed in a world of childlike imagination. Large paper sculptures fill the gallery and draw visitors into the intricate cuts and folds of the paper designs. The result of countless hours of taping, gluing, cutting, and folding, the sculptures reveal Hassenfeld's attention to detail while also exhibiting her imagination of fanciful environments, jewels, ornaments, and other objects.
The gallery is the host for two of her bodies of work. In her series Blueware, Hassenfeld draws inspiration from nature and constructs paper sculptures and decorations in the form of trees, clouds, and flowers. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a 6x8 foot tree.
The second exhibit titled Dans la Lune is an elaborate installation of hanging paper sculptures that was originally commissioned in 2007 by the Rice Art Gallery in Houston, Texas. Lit from within and reminiscent of a chandelier, the enormous sculpture features pictorial vignettes: a tree branch with a swing, a woman and a pony in a gazebos, a girl twirling in her gown.
Additional work by Hassenfeld titled New Works: Sculpture and Drawings are on view at Cade Tompkins Editions/Projects located at 189 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island.
The artist will give a lecture at the Winton Bell Gallery at 5:30pm on September 25. The exhibit will be on display until November 1. More information may be found on the David Winton Bell Gallery website and a review of the exhibit was published by the Providence Journal.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the invitation, and installation graphics for the exhibition.