ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens
Reflecting the heroic spirit of Teddy Roosevelt’s provocative “Man in the Arena” speech, ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens creates captivating spaces that celebrate the work of over one hundred emerging to internationally renowned artists who fearlessly express authenticity and integrity their work.
“It is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens’ uniquely beautiful art and design venues feature contemporary art and sculpture, as well as finely-edited collections of furnishings, objects and curiosities dating from the 18th century to the present.
MAY 1ST - MAY 31ST
ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens is delighted to bring you Sculpted Truths, a showcase of jd Hansen’s expressive sculpture and paintings.
Hansen, a renowned international artist, creates an inner dialogue with the viewer through her sculpted figures which reveal beneath-the-surface thoughts or soulful truths. For Hansen, something as simple as the gestures that people make act as her ultimate truth serum. “A person can put a smile on their face or can say whatever they want, but their body language will betray them every time” Hansen shares.
Her titles such as “Is Forever Enough” and “The Sand Remembers All” also provide insight to the artist’s portrayal of her subject matter, be it a human or animal. Her work seems to reconstruct the way communication happens... not by identifiable words, but by hints, small movements, sounds, and an aura of emotion and intellect that mesh together to create the whole. The inclusion of copper handwriting in jd’s art adds conceptual depth and meaning to the solidity of the bronze. The handwriting flows around the sculptures like nebulous thoughts caught in a moment in time, and the blankets of type conjoin with the bronze figures to become an integral part of the overall form.
Our current showcase Sculpted Truths will feature seven of Hansen’s textural paintings, her newest medium, showing her influence and love of artist Anselm Keifer. Join ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens and jd Hansen as we celebrate!
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