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Art & Art History

Voices: Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

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Collaborators Chris Hanson (born 1964) and Hendrika Sonnenberg (born 1963) are best known for their meticulously crafted sculptures of recognizable objects, made out of unusual materials such as blue and green polystyrene foam. The things they depict are familiar but not wholly commonplace, like a Zamboni or a chain-link fence, and the sculptures unusual materiality brings into question the objects functions, their permanence or lack thereof, or their perceived role or symbolic place in society.

Hanson and Sonnenberg each received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Hanson received an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Sonnenberg received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have exhibited their work in numerous exhibitions including Store Gallery, London; Cohan and Leslie, New York; and White Columns, New York. Originally from Canada, they now live and work in Brooklyn.</