Beck and Al Hansen: Playing with Matches Community Focus Gallery

Main Gallery May 9–Jul 5, 1998

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May 9–Jul 5, 1998





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Beck and Al Hansen, Playing with Matches, 1998, Installation view (detail)

This exhibition examined for the first time a mixed-media collage book created by Beck Hansen along with selected, lesser-known works by Al Hansen. Beck’s collages suggest a hybrid form of process art devoid of the slick packaging of high conceptual art or the pop music for which he’s best known. Included in the show were examples of Al Hansen’s signature Goddess Venus figures composed of cigarette butts, Hershey bar wrapper text collages, photographic compositions, and handcrafted city maps. Playing with Matches was organized by Wayne Baerwaldt of Plug In Inc., a nonprofit center for contemporary art in Winnipeg, Canada; the accompanying illustrated catalog was copublished by Smart Art Press and Plug In Editions.