In Fractured Phantoms

_MG_1421-crop-2flattened_4000Hi10resI use the phantom limb syndrome as metaphor to explore my experience of home, family and relationships.

This syndrome happens when we lose part of our body. An arm or leg, and we continue to feel sensations as though the missing limb were still there. In the same way when people go missing, for a time it’s as though they are still here. We experience physical sensations that are totally real in our brain centers. These alternate between pain and pleasure so that often, we can’t distinguish one from the other. Over time, the differences merge into layers of ambiguity. Eventually they fade into memory.

This time that passes, we think of it as linear; hours to days, weeks to months, years. But in Fractured Phantoms, time collapses on itself. These are like spiral staircases conflated as image moments; past, present and future layered together in sensory impressions that have not yet healed. They are not real in order to become even more real; Baudrillard simulacra.

The first 14 images from this project were published in the Paris-based fine art photography journal L’Oeil de la Photographie. As well at this writing, Fractured Phantom is showing in a group at the Photoplace Gallery (scroll down). Meantime, the work has grown to 28 images as it nears completion. You can see them all here.

2015 was a bang-up Fourth

I submitted the first 14 images from my new body of work-in-progress, Fantômes Fracturés (Fractured Phantoms), to the French photography journal L’Oeil de la Photographie (The Eye of Photography) this past Monday, June 29.

6-9544They published the whole thing five days later in their Saturday, July 4 issue! Well, that was bang-up!

So with this project, I continue to explore how we experience the passage of time. Most of us, myself included, think of time as linear; minutes become hours, days to weeks, and months to years that will become centuries. But in Fractured Phantoms, time conflates into a series of image moments. These are like 100 year-old spiral staircases that collapse into single, sensory impressions, layered moments from past experiences, ones that have healed into permanent memories of home, family, loved ones, some perhaps not-so-loved ones. Each one is a construct made from things-past, seen today. Perhaps they are reflections in curved mirrors. They are intentionally not real so they can become hyper-real. They are simulacra. They enfold our secrets and in this way, expose them.

Opening Saturday May 2; through June 20th.


At the Arc Studios and Gallery, San Francisco

Curator Olivia Ongpin called this “…an image of instinctual beauty that, upon further investigation, reveals a melding of opposing concepts.”

I had spent time in Beijing during 2000. I had never really gotten over my experience there, and finally I produced this body of work. Called Fusion, it melds oriental and occidental aesthetics using lens-based materials fused over painting. I sign each piece with my Chinese name, Han Sen.

Co-Create and Co-Ownership Agreement

Model(s) Release and Co-ownership agreement between
Eric L Hansen, Photographer
And _______________________________________________________________________, Model(s).
This document describes the terms and conditions of the co-ownership agreement between Eric L Hansen, referred to hereafter as the Photographer, and ___________________________________________________________________________, referred to hereafter as the Model(s).

The Photographer represents that he and the Model(s) intend to co-create some lens-based images in a photography shoot. Because these images are co-created by the Photographer and the Model(s), the Photographer and the Model(s) agree to co-own the lens –based materials from the shoot. No money or other property consideration will change hands as a result of the shoot. The Photographer will provide the Model(s) with a link to a Dropbox file where the Model(s) may download any or all of the images.Gregory_9123-5_10AllMrgdCrop

In the spirit of co-creation and co-ownership, either the Photographer or the Model(s) may use any of these images for their own individual and separate purposes, commercial or otherwise, including but not limited to: Exhibition in fine art galleries and/or online venues, illustrations for advertising, personal promotion, or for our own or others’ home or office décor.

Any revenue earned by either the Photographer or the Model(s) from any of these purposes will remain their separate and exclusive property. Neither the Photographer nor the Model(s) will have any claim on revenues earned by the other from the sale or commercial use of these images in any form in any venue.

Stellasue_9523crop-1Co-ownership does not extend to subsequently processed images where either the Photographer or the Model(s) have individually and separately enhanced the images in any way. It only applies to the un-retouched originals as shot. Any images retouched or enhanced by the Photographer or the Model(s) shall become their exclusive individual property.

We indicate our acceptance of these co-creation and co-ownership terms by signatures below.
____________________________________________________________________, Photographer (date)
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How to make a living making the art you love. How to hack the system.

T1536x1024-23532ProcessedOK, there’s no shortcut for learning how to make art, play an instrument, choreograph dance… IMHO mastering just about anything takes around 10,000 hours. That’s five years working full time, longer part time. There’s no known shortcut for this. Learning to make art is a journey of love, and it deserves all the time and all the heart you have to give.

But there is a shortcut to financial viability.

How many artists master their craft and still have day jobs? Maybe in 10, 15, 20 years the average artist reaches a place where they can subsist on making the art they love if they don’t get discouraged or disillusioned, if they don’t give up before they get there. Even then, it’s often just subsistence.

If you already have your 10,000 hours or more in art practice, Shortcut intends to get you to financial viability in the next 10, 15, maybe 20 months instead of years. Do the right things, you get where you want to go. That’s why it’s called Shortcut.

Or, if you’re an early stage emerging artist, don’t wait. Start now to make your day job optional. Before you even reach 10,000 hours, you can expect to start making your living making the art you love.

I make Shortcut, in all its forms, straightforward and experiential and practical. I give short talks to groups, like Artcamp 2014. I do four-hour intensives for small groups, up to twelve. And I do one-to-one coaching. They all work.

Why? I’m an artist who decided not to starve. My day job on the way up was tenured PhD professor of Entrepreneurship at Cal State, where I founded the Minor in Entrepreneurship for students from the College of the Arts. Now I don’t need my day job any more. I live happily ever after in East Nashville… where, you guessed it, I make my full time living  making the art I love. And I never looked back.

“Rescheduled” R. I. P.

Thank you for your entries to “Rescheduled: Show your work in this amazing East Nashville space.”

From my last post, you know we had a likely date for the show of Saturday, February 21, with a likely deadline for submissions of Friday January 23. “Right now, the likely date is Saturday, February 21… The likely deadline for submissions will be Friday, January 23.”__shutdownImage

Since that post, the Home Owners Association (HOA) at our 5th and Main venue adopted an austerity budget for 2015 with no increase in the monthly Association fees for homeowners; good news for homeowners. The bad news: Over my objections, this event was not included in the 2015 budget. So likely as it was, today it’s off the table.

Meantime, many of you know I just wrapped my own solo exhibition, Blood Rescue, at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee. This show marked the completion of a project I began four years ago. I used Kickstarter to raise funding to produce the show, and there were various other things that went together to make for a successful exhibition. The show was 80% sold before it opened. Right now, I am in middle of a major order fulfillment and shipping process.

I learned a lot from this experience. And I have some ideas about how we could produce something like it, only with a group show. I need a little time to recover from the Blood Rescue experience and get back to making art again. But then, I’m determined to put together something that will be better than what got cut from the HOA budget. For example, I think our show should be 80% sold before it opens; and so on.

So if you like, stay tuned. I’ll email you when it looks like something’s going to break. And then, let’s see what we can do!

Blood Rescue Closing Reception

Blood Rescue Closing Reception, Sunday afternoon January 4, from 2-4 PM, at the Customs House Museum, 200 South Second St., Clarksville, TN.EricInGalleryComposite900Wide

Join this event here on Facebook for free admission to the Museum!

This work was sponsored directly by 99 wonderful Kickstarter Blood Rescue campaign supporters whose names are inscribed on the Blood Rescue Banner Roll. Without your support this exhibition would not have been possible. Thanks to you, the show was 80% sold before it opened! Legends Bank provided additional sponsorship. In case you missed the video story, you can see it here

So in a good way, I am experiencing a kind of Blood Rescue winter solstice; the fourth season drawing to a close in this, the deep of winter.15-New7thHorse

Blood Rescue began as an impulse a little over four years ago. During that time, my relationship to horses changed forever. Now every time I even see a horse, something in my heart resonates, an involuntary empathic response. I know you. We’ve shared life together since the beginning of our time here 35,000 years ago. We built a country together, this USA we call home. So we celebrate you, with National Day of the Horse, with Blood Rescue, all the rescue ranches. We love and honor you, this is your day!

Rescheduled Show your work!

In this amazing East Nashville spacePartySpace

Holiday stuff going on has created enough scheduling conflicts that we have to reschedule. December 13th just won’t work for a lot of key people. The final deal breaker? I have to be in Clarksville all day on December 13th for a National Day of the Horse celebration. Yeeesh!

Now here’s the good news:LobbyCreative

This is an amazing opportunity to introduce your art to a new audience of collectors, so we’re going to reschedule. Right now, the likely date is Saturday, February 21. And the event will be bigger and better. You have more time to get your work together to submit.

Fifth and Main on the top floor, it’s in East Nashville.
501 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37206
Because this is a relatively new building owned largely by creative professionals, it’s a great opportunity to sell work. It is definitely a great opportunity to show up for a super party, hang out, and chat up potential collectors. This is the crowd that helped rank Nashville the number two destination city nationwide for recent college graduates; the entrepreneur creative class.

Selected artists are invited to party as my guests. This means you get to hang out with me and the Poet in our loft, as well as attend the party. Our loft is your break room.

In two parts, there will be a happy hour from 4-6 with the art, of course, and a wine tasting. Then at 6, the party begins: Live music, food and a general good time! Altogether, this runs from 4-10 in the same amazing space.

If you want to submit your work early, you can. Email up to five JPG’s to:


Name your JPG’s with your first initial, last name, and image number. So for example, E_Hansen_1, E_Hansen_2, and so on. Your JPG’s should be no bigger than 750 KB.

Also please attach a brief (250 words) bio; also the sizes of your  pieces. Everything you enter needs to be wired and ready to hang. No glass please, and no sawtooth hangers. If your piece is something on canvas with a stretcher so we can hang it by the stretcher with a single nail, that’s OK; for you, wired to hang is optional.

And for questions about anything, email me:

The likely deadline for submissions will be Friday, January 23. Jurors TBA. I’ll be making all this official with an announcement around mid-December. Stay tuned!

Note to Vickery Eckhoff

9-DollyGiaAndSageHi Vickery:

I am an artist, and I  work towards public awareness of the SAFE Act. I have learned that when we frame the issue as animal rights versus rancher’s rights, we lose every time. But when we frame the issue as public health versus rancher’s rights, we win sometimes, maybe even most of the time. So I am steering all my work in that direction.

In late 2012, I had begun a series of 21st century cave drawings called Blood Rescue to explore our relationship to the horse, from the beginnings at Lascaux and Chauvet through now; and how it has changed over 30,000 years. Right in the middle of that, the EU horsemeat scandal broke and the SAFE act was introduced into Congress.

You see, the major occupational hazard for artists, we fall in love with our models; and I had fallen in love with these 22 horse rescues. In an instant, February of 2013, I became an equine rescue advocate.

Now Blood Rescue has taken on a whole new meaning. It opens this November at the Customs House Museum in Clarkesville, TN, 22 pieces, as the anchor exhibition for a museum wide event called Season of the Equus. 32,000 square feet of art museum space will be devoted entirely to equine art. This will be the largest art museum exhibition of its kind in recent memory. I am using it to promote the SAFE act.

Maybe it’s because I’m an artist, but I believe that a powerful visual experience can change minds, move hearts, and cause people like me to get involved.

Well, this is a long story, but Vickery; doing what you do… I think you understand the depth of my support for you efforts. Please let me know what I can do to encourage and publicize your efforts. I have a pretty large and growing audience for my weekly blog posts. Let me know.


Supporters, Believers, and Friends: Celebrate!

Supporters, Believers, and Friends: Thanks to you, Blood Rescue will anchor Season of the Equine, the largest museum exhibition of equine art in recent memory, four galleries in 32,000 square feet. This show opens at the Customs House Museum on Thursday, November 13.

In addition to my Blood Rescue project in the main gallery, there will be three more exhibitions: My Kingdom For A Horse, The Horse As Muse: Members of the American Acdemy of Equine Art, and Anthony Scarlati’s Rediscovering the Horse; plus more.

6-LatteEmperor_700WideHere’s the Museum contact information:

Customs House Museum
200 S. 2nd Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

And we do have some events planned!

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 13 from 5PM-7PM. I’ll be there to hang out and say hello to all of you who show up.

Gallery Talk: On Thursday, November 20th at 12 Noon, I will give a gallery talk at the Museum. You all are invited to that, it’s free.

National Day of the Horse: Saturday, December 13, from 10AM to 5PM. Congress established this national Day ten years ago to celebrate the horse’s contribution to building this nation. On this Saturday, the museum is open from 10-5. Stay tuned for more details about the celebration. But let me say, if any of you want to share a stretch limo ride up to Clarksville, I’m in; maybe dinner dutch afterwards in Nashville?

Closing Reception: On Sunday afternoon, January 4, 2015 I am planning a closing reception at the Museum. This will be a special time to celebrate the work that we’ve done to raise the public’s awareness, and to consider what’s next. Plan to show up and bring your ideas. Let’s talk.