Born in Los Angeles, CA, 1972
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and Works in Los Angeles, CA
CHANNING HANSEN (b. 1972) explores ideas of connection through his abstract knitted forms. He collects, processes, and dyes raw fleece from conservation-bred sheep. After spinning fleece into yarn, Hansen transforms the material into complex forms through knitting and weaving. Elaborate computer algorithms dictate his designs, combining craft and computation. In uniting technology with manmade and environmental concerns, Hansen’s work underscores our interconnected place in the universe— whether to the earth itself, an algorithmic world, or the cosmos— and asks us to consider what mark we should leave behind. The artist’s work is found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, among others.