STEVE HANSEN

In my work I attempt to address several different directions of thought simultaneously. One of the most important and overriding themes of my work since the 1990’s has been American regionalism. When I turned my back on a promising career as a conceptual artist, and began to make pots in the 1990’s it was in my mind the ultimate outsider art. Ceramics in America has operated on the fringe of the “real” art world for decades, with only a couple of names (Voulkos and Aarneson) appearing in art history texts. When I finally settled on a mature style, I wanted to pay homage to my gene pool, and my sense of self, and to create works that might have been created by my grandfather using “real” license plates, angle iron, tin, and bits of leftover plumbing. The irony of the work resided in the fact that the work itself was created at such a high level of craft that it could not have been achieved by an “outsider” artist.

New Visions of the West


"Monument to the Kingdom of Deseret” is based loosely on Vladimir Tatlin’s “Monument to the Third International”. This was a large-scale sculpture of a building. The building itself was never constructed.

The Kingdom of Deseret was also a short-lived idea. Brigham Young hoped to carve out an independent kingdom, under Mormon rule that encompassed not only present –day Utah, but what would have amounted to about 25% of the landmass in the United States. The images on my sculpture relate to the Deseret period of history in the region. There are illustrations of the Native Americans indigenous to the region, Brigham Young himself, a primer for the Deseret language, and cartoons from the era.

The “Western Fantasy Cake” is an ironic sort of wedding cake, marrying television images of the “West” to images of early Western entertainment. There are images of Buffalo Bill, and Calamity Jane, as well as images from 1950’s television of the Lone Ranger. The truth is that the “West” we saw in television was based more on the already fictionalized Western entertainment of Buffalo Bill, than it was on actual history. This “Cake” is meant to remind the viewer of the distance between the propaganda of the “West” and the reality.






Monument to the
Kingdom of the Deseret

stoneware
17.5 x 11 inches
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1800


Western Fantasy Cake
stoneware
18.5 x 11.5 inches
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1800

Hansen - Elsie Variations
Elsie Variations
stoneware

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1500

Hansen - Wicked Wendy
Wicked Wendy
stoneware

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1500

Hansen - sams Club
Sams Club
stoneware

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1500

Hansen - Uncle Bens Log Cabin
Uncle Ben's Log Cabin
stoneware

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1500


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