9 Pieces Left

__1-Pocahontas1_600wideThe Kickstarter campaign I have going on right now is a unique opportunity to acquire some Blood Rescue equine art pieces. Any piece that will be in the museum show is available as a reward for support levels starting at $100 and up to $400 for the very large pieces; 40” X 60”. They are coming straight out of the show, so they are ready to hang. For anyone who wants to collect some of my work, these are good deals.

The only catch is that you have to pledge within the next 16 days; and I ship the piece to you when the show closes in January. Some have already been spoken for, so it would be good to take a look now. Thirteen of the original 22 are gone; there are 9 still available.

__15-New7thHorseMuchSmallerThere’s also a pledge that will let you select any piece you want in any size that you want for delivery at the end of next month. They cost a little more: From $550 for the 24×36 to $1175 for the 40×60. Even those prices are below market, but they illustrate what a really good deal is to be had pledging for pieces that will be in the show.

I make everything in very small editions, which adds to their value. For example, the 40” X 60” pieces are editioned at three; meaning, there 6-LatteEmperorwill only ever be three in the world. This adds to their potential after-sale value. I provide a letter of provenance with each piece setting forth its pedigree: What materials I used to make it, its particular number in the series, and a small thumbnail of the image. Of course I sign each letter, and I also emboss them with my seal so they are virtually impossible to counterfeit. These letters establish the authenticity of the piece you own. My work is collectible.

If you like, go here and scroll down on the right to see what’s available. Each individual piece is listed by the number shown on the large group of thumbnails. Once you have a number, keep scrolling down the right hand reward column until you see the number you want. If you have any questions, email me at Eric@EricLHansen.com. Or, I’d be glad to speak with you by phone.

Great Question!

Can Blood Rescue help save horses and get the SAFE Act passed?

Simple fact: There are almost 450 horse rescue ranches with a total occupancy of 18,000 horses, and we still turn away 12,000 more annually; there are 205 Congressional sponsors of the Safe Guard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act; and there are 314 million Americans. Almost none of them have ever heard of SAFE.

Here’s the point: There aren’t enough of just us to fix this. We must reach outside our world to all those people who’ve never seen the inside of a paddock.
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Blood Rescue is a socio-political body of work aimed straight at the rest of those 314 million people who’ve never heard of SAFE. It’s a powerful visual message: Slaughtering horses is wrong. Putting contaminated meat products in our food chain is wrong. Let’s be SAFE! Through social media, more than half a million people have already seen this message. And the exhibition hasn’t even opened yet.

__Blood-Rescue-Banner-Role-300WideThere’s more: As part of this Kickstarter project, I will present copies of the Blood Rescue Banner Roll to five Congressional representatives. One copy each will go to Senator Mary Landrieu and Representative Patrick Meehan who sponsored the bill in Congress. Three more copies will go, one each to the chairs of the House Committees where the bill is now. I have already contacted them by mail at their home district offices with copies to their local press to let them know what we are planning to do. With enough funding, I will travel to their districts and present the banners to them in person, with press coverage. This will all happen at the end of October, just before Election Day November 4. With more funding, I’ll bring a video guy to record everything, and trust me; it’ll be on YouTube.

How many of those 314 million Americans can we reach with these events? I can’t count that high. All you need to pledge is $5… Go here!

How To Change Hearts And Minds

I think Jung was right when he talked about the collective unconscious, that shared place where at some level, we all of us know that horses connect to our human soul. This was my conversion experience… click

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So Blood Rescue began as a series of 21st century cave drawings. I just wanted to show our relationship to the horse and how it has changed over 35,000 years. And then, newscasters broke the European Union horsemeat scandal, and I was born again, now an equine rescue advocate. Today I stand with Blood Rescue to support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. I believe a powerful visual message can change hearts and minds, in the same way I was changed, transformed, re-made.

In the United States there are 450 horse rescue ranches with a total capacity of 18,000 horses, and they turn away another 12,000 horses annually; there are 205 Congressional sponsors of the Safe Guard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act; and there are 314 million Americans. How many have been to a horse rescue ranch, or even heard of the SAFE Act? How can we engage their hearts and minds?

How about we help them have an experience like mine? How about we begin with just a million or so? Here’s how

Pass The SAFE Act

Right in the middle of making Blood Rescue, January of 2013, newscasters broke the European horsemeat scandal. And literally in a moment, my world changed! Now I  advocate for the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.__20-Remake3rdHorse600Wide

Looking back, I was naïve beyond belief. I didn’t know about kill buyers in this country, and how they operate. I was photographing 22 rescues on a ranch in Middle Tennessee, my Blood Rescue models. And you know, the major occupational hazard for artists? We fall in love with our models. I had fallen in love with 22 horses. Oh no, not my babies shipped off to Mexico or Canada. Oh no!

I refocused Blood Rescue. What was always there stands today as a visual story with a strong social message. My purpose here is to raise public awareness about our relationship with these amazing animals, tap into that shared knowing that these animals are part of our lives, a part that goes back to the beginnings of human time here on earth. They have become our companions and friends. We don’t eat them any more. Instead, we rescue them. Let’s get this SAFE Act passed. Let’s get this done.

Electra and Lacey On Someone’s Plate?

Without rescue, Electra and Lacy would have ended up on someone’s plate, perhaps dining at the restaurant Pegase, depuis 1905?_600Wide_11-ElectraAndLacey

Horsemeat’s on their menu! Their supplier, Ma Bonne Viande, sells horsemeat products imported from Canada and Mexico. These products contain any number of banned substances that are dangerous to anyone’s health. There is virtually no control over horsemeat imported into the EU. The SAFE (Safeguard America’s Food Exports) Act will stop this.

And do we really believe that tainted horsemeat hasn’t slipped its way into our own US food chain, the way it did in the EU? This is a public health issue that everyone can support. Let’s get the SAFE Act passed! Let’s get this done!

OUR FATHER, an edition of 26 mixed media pieces

Mrgd-10These volumes entitled Our Father are editioned at 26, and numbered A-Z. Each individual volume is, in effect, a mixed media piece presenting author Stellasue Lee’s collection of the father poems. Cover design by Eric L Hansen and hand silkscreen printed on French Muscletone—Pop Tone Hot Fudge 140C paper; interior pages designed by McClearen Design Studios in Nashville and printed on archival paper; each volume individually hand sewn.

When you purchase one of these 26 volumes, you receive a letter of provenance establishing your volume’s authenticity. Both your volume and the letter are hand-numbered, and they each bear Stellasue’s original signature and hand embossed seal.

$75, shipping included

 

BB’s Working On It

Shayera runs for her life, as the menu top left from Fondue Chinoise ShayeraWithLabel_crop570widefeatures your choice of beef or horsemeat; in German, French or Spanish.

Eating horsemeat in continental Europe dates back 30,000 years. The Lascaux caves are, after all, located in France, one of our earliest prehistoric sites. There, we survived for centuries hunting horses as wild animals for food, clothing and shelter.

But this is a new age. In 1986, French film star Brigitte Bardot became a vegetarian and raised three million francs auctioning off jewelry and many personal belongings to establish the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. Today she is a strong animal rights activist leader and a major opponent of eating horsemeat. And she’s not alone. Check it out here.

Shayera, we’ve got your back. All over the world, we’re working on it. La Bardot y travaille!21-Shayera_600Wide

One Predator Remains

30,000 years ago, we humans, the big cats, and the wolves preyed on wild horses for food.

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But they survived, because they could run away really really fast. And so it was, for maybe 25,000 years.

Then about 4000 years ago on the Steppes of Asia, something happened straight out of a science fiction novel: One of us rode a horse for the first time, rode on the back of an animal that could outrun all its predators, could run so fast it outran all our predators… and the world changed forever. What could that have been like? No one of us had ever moved so fast, ever. In that moment, the horse became something else… a partner, a companion, a friend.

Today, most of their predators are pretty much gone; the very big cats, the wolves. And horses can still run really fast. But one of their predators remains, in large numbers: Not all of us, but enough to be scary if you’re a horse… we’re still here. Let’s get the SAFE Act passed.

She was laughing at me

Dixie has a lot to be happy about. She’s a senior mare with a forever home on a ranch in Middle Tennessee, where the living is easy… 30 acres or so of mixed pasture and woods, a natural stream across one corner, bales of hay near the barn, water troughs for the dry seasons, her buddy Lacy to hang with.

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So is she laughing at me or is she flehming? Now, I know I looked kind of silly out there in her pasture with my great big camera. I mean, I wasn’t even eating grass. I leaned forward, put the camera on my face, peered through the lens at her, and she gave me this Kodak moment, you know, all smiley? And Lacey is like ‘Oh no, I can’t bear to watch.’

Animal behaviorists say she was flehming. I say she was laughing… at me. They say I’m anthropomorphizing her. I say they don’t know anything. They are sure they’re right. But I so know who she is, and on this bright warm day in June, she was laughing at me. That’s how it was!

Just Try One Moment Standing Still Next To A Horse

A thing I didn’t know… I learned it from a little white polo pony who’s retired and up for adoption. I met her for the first time this last Sunday afternoon. I’d put a soft rope halter on her, and I was walking her around the edges of this green wooded pasture, kind of a lazy hot afternoon. Somewhere along the way I stopped, just to feel the moment. She paused behind me.__15-New7thHorseMuchSmaller

But then she put her muzzle on my shoulder, I felt her breath on my neck, I turned, her cheek on my face, her eye by mine. Tell me I’m crazy if you like, tell me whatever you want, but I’m saying in that moment she knew who I was, what I’m doing, and what we’re doing together here in Blood Rescue. At some level, she knew it all because she’s there with us in our collective unconscious, that shared knowing, loving, trust going back 35,000 years, passed down from generation to generation to now. So they know. If you haven’t already, just try one moment standing still next to a horse. Then you’ll know too.