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  • The Shadows Installation Slideshow

    The Shadows, installation of artist's books, personal and found objects, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, fiberglass screens, bark paintings, and video, Mandeville Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 1981. With The Shadows performance and installation, Hanne began to hint at the true dimensions of her artistic ambition and the vast scope of her vision. The five-part series of complex tableaux, each one added consecutively over five days, chronicled the history of the artist and her world. It traced her roots far into the shadowy ancient past of Nordic mythology, heathen gods and roving Vikings, and represented by images carved into bark and other natural materials using simple stone-age tools. In conclusion, an ominous foreshadowing of a future laid waste by environmental ruin was painted on and sculpted from non-biodegradable Styrofoam and plastic, the resulting chaos vividly demonstrated in a noisy audio-visual composition of blaring TVs and radio. The show not only included her own performance of From A Tree To A Tree, in which she held up bark to her body to re-enact the birth of Elma, the first woman created by the Nordic gods from an Elm tree; but Hanne also engaged her surroundings by staging another performance called The Shadow in which visitors to the gallery spontaneously participated by reading “The Shadow” by Hans Christian Andersen while sitting in a back-lit chair behind a paper curtain and thus becoming one of the countless newly formed shadows in the installation. This first use of shadows shows Hanne’s fascination with what has since become an important theme in her work, showing up in virtually every aspect of her art, including her latest photography and videography. Linda Burnham said “--it illuminates artmaking in a wonderful way” in High Performance Spring-Summer 1982.

  • The Onion Universe Installation Slideshow

    The Onion Universe, installation of drawings, posters, paintings, prints, handmade paper, personal objects, photographs, sculptures, sounds, video, onions and artist's book, Mandeville Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 1982. (slide video) It was like walking into an enchanted forest,” was how one visitor to The Onion Universe extolled the installation, undoubtedly articulating the wonder shared by many in attendance. “From the early stages of planning, Hanne contrived to make this a truly collaborative experience by spurring the whole community and the entire “onion food chain”—from the growers to the grocery stores—to become involved in the creative process. In an unsolicited gesture of participation, friends and neighbors would save reams of onion skins and tag them to her door for mixing into her signature handmade onionskin paper; and as an audience-participatory performance Hanne invited gallery visitors to Bring Your Favorite Onion Dish for impromptu potluck with an artistic flair. Among the raw materials for this ambitious installation were more than two hundred pounds of onions and the scores of onion sacks, all suspended from the ceiling as orbiting planets in vast onion galaxies and nebulae. The captivating cosmos overhead was mirrored in an earthbound labyrinth of onionskins on the floor, guiding the interplanetary voyagers as they wound their way through the onion sacks and became unwitting participants, unsuspecting Onions in the Sack. Included in this complex constellation were many smaller satellite exhibits and auxiliary happenings. The Onion Museum was a collection of personal effects and found objects in addition to over two dozen handmade onionskin paper bas-reliefs with archival paper pulp contour drawings, capturing the raw, unrefined, rough-hewn impact of prehistoric cave paintings. The Talking Onion, an oversize bulbous sculpture complete with a recorded monologue recounting the life experiences of an onion. It also showcased The Onion Universe artist’s book, a manuscript, handwritten and illustrated with colored pencils on watermarked Onion Skin® paper, that formulates Hanne’s onion philosophy and enumerated The Seven Qualities Of The Onion as “earthyness,” unity, smell, taste, strength and courage, health, and purity (included in MoMA collection and sold in reprints by Printed Matter in New York). For the One Hundred Pots of Onions composition, Hanne filled one hundred planters with polluted soil samples, each labeled with its source of origin, and grew onions with widely varying results, all to illustrate her growing concern about pollution while at the same time highlighting the hardy character of the onion as a symbol of nature’s cycle of renewal and rebirth in spite of our abuse. Performing in an outfit fashioned from palm bark and sitting in a see-through hut built of palm branches and onion sacks, Hanne told the Seven Good Luck Stories—homespun tales of unlikely but true personal good fortune and happenstance, while peeling onions with the audience participating. The process of onionization was Hanne’s attempt at ridding unhealthy, polluted places and stuffy, self-important people of their toxins and artifice. In The Onionization of the Big Apple she dressed symbolically in seven layers of natural-fiber clothing and onionized seven carefully selected locations, most notably the New York Stock Exchange, United Nations, World Trade Center, General Motors and local utility power plants, all to such outstanding acclaim that the New York Department of Agriculture offered to sponsor a recreation of The Onion Universe in New York City. The number seven made its first appearance here as an idea sprouting from the seven layers of the onion itself to inspire Hanne’s artist name, H7L. They have since become prominent symbols in Hanne’s art, used to alternately evoke and invoke the magical powers long attributed to both plant and cipher throughout religion and history. Coincidentally, assembling the elaborate installation took precisely seven days. Numerous smaller versions of The Onion Universe have been recreated for international art events and projects, including C.U.A.N.D.O. and Plexus; and parts of the The Onion Museum were exhibited at the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York. Various aspects of The Onion Universe and related installations, performances and happenings have been written up or reviewed in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, several publications in The Hamptons,Long Island, most major Danish newspapers; and shown on CBS News in New York and San Diego.

  • Hanne H7L on TV News: Channel 8, Channel 2 CBS and Channel 5 Fox News

    H7L Onionizing La Jolla, Channel 8 San Diego; H7L Onionizing the Big Apple here Wall Street; channel 2 CBS News Mori Ulter; and The Seven Stations of OJ Channel 5 Fox News, Eric Shawn.

  • Hanne H7L on Tv2 Denmark

    Anne-Brithe Jarnum

  • Who is the Monster? Installation Slide Show

  • Good Against Evil Installation

    Gallery Owner Monique Goldstrom explaining why Hanne's installation inspired her to an exhibition with Picasso, Miro, Dubuffet, Leger, Dali, et cetera

  • Good Against Evil Installation at Monique Goldstrom Gallery

  • The Star Series- Wiloughby Sharp Gallery

    Willoughby Sharp Gallery, 558 Broome St, New York, manipulated digital photographs, 2000, 2001. some people are so famous we don't have to see their faces to recognize them. what are the most significant identifiers of a person? it could be an eyebrow, a dress, a posture or a sense of style. some of these images show the reflected light of the camera flash which I have then used to digitally manipulate other images.

  • Star Series at Monique Goldstrom Gallery

  • Black and White Exhibition with Matisse, Picasso, De Kooning et cetera and Hanne H7L

    Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York City Ink drawings on rice paper, steel wire sculptures and fiberglass screen paintings by Hanne H7L

  • Animal and People in Movement Installation Slideshow

    Ismael Gallery, 560 Broadway, New York, Oct 1988. People and Animal in Movement was an installation of mixed media on transparent fiberglass screens. It was accompanied by sounds specially composed by Andy Kaye, and culminated in a performance by musicians and poet-performers acting out their poems inspired by Hanne’s art. These see-through pieces are best presented hanging freely, to allow light and sight to pass unhindered through from both sides, or at a certain distance from a bare wall which in turn becomes a background for the shadow drawings.

  • Seven Stations of O.J. Installation Video

    The Seven Stations of O.J. was a mixed media installation arising from the controversial OJ Simpson double murder trial, and is Hanne's indictment of the flawed judicial process that would allow a barefaced criminal to walk free, Vistors who sucessfully infiltrated the gallery through a "Crime Scene" tape obstruction were rewarded with a Bloody OJ cocktail specially concocted for the show. It included three hundred 1-800-OJ-KILLS bank notes with OJ Simpson's smiling face hanging from the ceiling, printed in light green archival paper, each signed and numbered as individual prints. For the Polariod emulsion transfer prints, Hanne took polaroid photographs of her mixed media installation pieces, transferred the emulsion to archival paper and attached the remains to the final piece to show the process of its creation. The creation of the installation was feautured in a Fox News broadcast.

  • Shadow of Hands

    Video Performance by Hanne H7L

  • Shadows Drawings

  • Barry Farber Interviews Hanne H7L

  • The Shadows Installation Slideshow

    The Shadows, installation of artist's books, personal and found objects, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, fiberglass screens, bark paintings, and video, Mandeville Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 1981. With The Shadows performance and installation, Hanne began to hint at the true dimensions of her artistic ambition and the vast scope of her vision. The five-part series of complex tableaux, each one added consecutively over five days, chronicled the history of the artist and her world. It traced her roots far into the shadowy ancient past of Nordic mythology, heathen gods and roving Vikings, and represented by images carved into bark and other natural materials using simple stone-age tools. In conclusion, an ominous foreshadowing of a future laid waste by environmental ruin was painted on and sculpted from non-biodegradable Styrofoam and plastic, the resulting chaos vividly demonstrated in a noisy audio-visual composition of blaring TVs and radio. The show not only included her own performance of From A Tree To A Tree, in which she held up bark to her body to re-enact the birth of Elma, the first woman created by the Nordic gods from an Elm tree; but Hanne also engaged her surroundings by staging another performance called The Shadow in which visitors to the gallery spontaneously participated by reading “The Shadow” by Hans Christian Andersen while sitting in a back-lit chair behind a paper curtain and thus becoming one of the countless newly formed shadows in the installation. This first use of shadows shows Hanne’s fascination with what has since become an important theme in her work, showing up in virtually every aspect of her art, including her latest photography and videography. Linda Burnham said “--it illuminates artmaking in a wonderful way” in High Performance Spring-Summer 1982.

  • The Onion Universe Installation Slideshow

    The Onion Universe, installation of drawings, posters, paintings, prints, handmade paper, personal objects, photographs, sculptures, sounds, video, onions and artist's book, Mandeville Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 1982. (slide video) It was like walking into an enchanted forest,” was how one visitor to The Onion Universe extolled the installation, undoubtedly articulating the wonder shared by many in attendance. “From the early stages of planning, Hanne contrived to make this a truly collaborative experience by spurring the whole community and the entire “onion food chain”—from the growers to the grocery stores—to become involved in the creative process. In an unsolicited gesture of participation, friends and neighbors would save reams of onion skins and tag them to her door for mixing into her signature handmade onionskin paper; and as an audience-participatory performance Hanne invited gallery visitors to Bring Your Favorite Onion Dish for impromptu potluck with an artistic flair. Among the raw materials for this ambitious installation were more than two hundred pounds of onions and the scores of onion sacks, all suspended from the ceiling as orbiting planets in vast onion galaxies and nebulae. The captivating cosmos overhead was mirrored in an earthbound labyrinth of onionskins on the floor, guiding the interplanetary voyagers as they wound their way through the onion sacks and became unwitting participants, unsuspecting Onions in the Sack. Included in this complex constellation were many smaller satellite exhibits and auxiliary happenings. The Onion Museum was a collection of personal effects and found objects in addition to over two dozen handmade onionskin paper bas-reliefs with archival paper pulp contour drawings, capturing the raw, unrefined, rough-hewn impact of prehistoric cave paintings. The Talking Onion, an oversize bulbous sculpture complete with a recorded monologue recounting the life experiences of an onion. It also showcased The Onion Universe artist’s book, a manuscript, handwritten and illustrated with colored pencils on watermarked Onion Skin® paper, that formulates Hanne’s onion philosophy and enumerated The Seven Qualities Of The Onion as “earthyness,” unity, smell, taste, strength and courage, health, and purity (included in MoMA collection and sold in reprints by Printed Matter in New York). For the One Hundred Pots of Onions composition, Hanne filled one hundred planters with polluted soil samples, each labeled with its source of origin, and grew onions with widely varying results, all to illustrate her growing concern about pollution while at the same time highlighting the hardy character of the onion as a symbol of nature’s cycle of renewal and rebirth in spite of our abuse. Performing in an outfit fashioned from palm bark and sitting in a see-through hut built of palm branches and onion sacks, Hanne told the Seven Good Luck Stories—homespun tales of unlikely but true personal good fortune and happenstance, while peeling onions with the audience participating. The process of onionization was Hanne’s attempt at ridding unhealthy, polluted places and stuffy, self-important people of their toxins and artifice. In The Onionization of the Big Apple she dressed symbolically in seven layers of natural-fiber clothing and onionized seven carefully selected locations, most notably the New York Stock Exchange, United Nations, World Trade Center, General Motors and local utility power plants, all to such outstanding acclaim that the New York Department of Agriculture offered to sponsor a recreation of The Onion Universe in New York City. The number seven made its first appearance here as an idea sprouting from the seven layers of the onion itself to inspire Hanne’s artist name, H7L. They have since become prominent symbols in Hanne’s art, used to alternately evoke and invoke the magical powers long attributed to both plant and cipher throughout religion and history. Coincidentally, assembling the elaborate installation took precisely seven days. Numerous smaller versions of The Onion Universe have been recreated for international art events and projects, including C.U.A.N.D.O. and Plexus; and parts of the The Onion Museum were exhibited at the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York. Various aspects of The Onion Universe and related installations, performances and happenings have been written up or reviewed in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, several publications in The Hamptons,Long Island, most major Danish newspapers; and shown on CBS News in New York and San Diego.

  • Hanne H7L on TV News: Channel 8, Channel 2 CBS and Channel 5 Fox News

    H7L Onionizing La Jolla, Channel 8 San Diego; H7L Onionizing the Big Apple here Wall Street; channel 2 CBS News Mori Ulter; and The Seven Stations of OJ Channel 5 Fox News, Eric Shawn.

  • Hanne H7L on Tv2 Denmark

    Anne-Brithe Jarnum

  • Good Against Evil Installation

    Gallery Owner Monique Goldstrom explaining why Hanne's installation inspired her to an exhibition with Picasso, Miro, Dubuffet, Leger, Dali, et cetera

  • The Star Series- Wiloughby Sharp Gallery

    Willoughby Sharp Gallery, 558 Broome St, New York, manipulated digital photographs, 2000, 2001. some people are so famous we don't have to see their faces to recognize them. what are the most significant identifiers of a person? it could be an eyebrow, a dress, a posture or a sense of style. some of these images show the reflected light of the camera flash which I have then used to digitally manipulate other images.

  • Black and White Exhibition with Matisse, Picasso, De Kooning et cetera and Hanne H7L

    Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York City Ink drawings on rice paper, steel wire sculptures and fiberglass screen paintings by Hanne H7L

  • Animal and People in Movement Installation Slideshow

    Ismael Gallery, 560 Broadway, New York, Oct 1988. People and Animal in Movement was an installation of mixed media on transparent fiberglass screens. It was accompanied by sounds specially composed by Andy Kaye, and culminated in a performance by musicians and poet-performers acting out their poems inspired by Hanne’s art. These see-through pieces are best presented hanging freely, to allow light and sight to pass unhindered through from both sides, or at a certain distance from a bare wall which in turn becomes a background for the shadow drawings.

  • Seven Stations of O.J. Installation Video

    The Seven Stations of O.J. was a mixed media installation arising from the controversial OJ Simpson double murder trial, and is Hanne's indictment of the flawed judicial process that would allow a barefaced criminal to walk free, Vistors who sucessfully infiltrated the gallery through a "Crime Scene" tape obstruction were rewarded with a Bloody OJ cocktail specially concocted for the show. It included three hundred 1-800-OJ-KILLS bank notes with OJ Simpson's smiling face hanging from the ceiling, printed in light green archival paper, each signed and numbered as individual prints. For the Polariod emulsion transfer prints, Hanne took polaroid photographs of her mixed media installation pieces, transferred the emulsion to archival paper and attached the remains to the final piece to show the process of its creation. The creation of the installation was feautured in a Fox News broadcast.

  • Shadow of Hands

    Video Performance by Hanne H7L