Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924); Grand Canal, Venice, ca. 1898-99; watercolor and pencil on paper. Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast. (91.18.6) x1200

Meet Maren Hassinger

Maren Hassinger, River, 2011. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Arthur Evans._x500

Meet Maren Hassinger, a featured guest at the Celebration of Now Dig This! on Thursday, September 19. Hassinger will take part in a conversation with curator Kellie Jones and artists Alonzo Davis and Ian White.

Maren Hassinger was born in Los Angeles in 1947. After studying dance and sculpture at Bennington College, she completed her MFA in Fiber Structure at UCLA. While in Los Angeles, she began making sculptures with bent, twisted and frayed wire rope as well as creating and participating in numerous performances in Los Angeles.

Maren Hassinger, River, 2011. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Arthur Evans_x500

Now based in New York City, Hassinger uses disposable materials—plastic bags, paper, cardboard product boxes—to create colorful, large-scale installations that convey a dark message about our consumer culture and the precarious fate of nature in the face of the encroaching urban and industrial landscape. In her videos and performance works, Hassinger engages issues of identity, communication and perception.

Hassinger has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of many awards and honors including grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Gottlieb Foundation, Anonymous was a Woman and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Since 1997 she has been the Director of Rinehart Graduate Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

For more information check out the artist’s website.


Above images: Maren Hassinger, River, 2011. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Arthur Evans.


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