The River

14 06 2010

Maren Hassinger writes of “The River” that, “The installation conforms to the limits of the space. The installation consists of debris that might be washed ashore during a flood.”

A reviewer described Hassinger’s installation at School 33 Art Center: “The first floor’s ceiling is covered with a thicket of branches and plastic bags and a great beard of dirty, knotted newspaper cascading down like a waterfall of trash, as if the viewer is some mud-dwelling croaker looking up from the bottom of a polluted river. That’s fitting, considering artist Maren Hassinger uses the metaphor of a flowing river sweeping debris downstream to illustrate how trouble travels through families. Her installation, titled simply ‘The River,’ includes a projected video of Hassinger’s interview with a long-lost uncle who unskeins their family’s tangled, incestuous genealogy: Hassinger’s troubled grandmother was the offspring of a white woman and her nephew, the son of her father’s Cherokee mistress.”

See Violet Glaze, “The River, New Work, Ex Libris: Rethinking the Library,” Baltimore City Paper (July 27, 2005).

Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository:
Location:  School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland Source: Maren Hassinger
Title: The River Rights:
Medium:35mm slide Comments: “The River” is an installation made with tree branches, plastic bags, and old newspapers, with a ten-minute video projection.
Dimensions: Date: June 4-30, 2005
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Why Did This Happen?

10 06 2010

Maren Hassinger describes the artwork: “Questionnaire about 9/11. After the opening, notebooks were left in the gallery and the viewers were asked to complete the form on their own.” A reviewer described the piece: “Maren Hassinger solicits response with her Why Did This Happen? that consists of a notebook of paper on which participants may provide their answer.”

Hassinger presented Why Did This Happen? in an exhibition, “Unforgettable,” featuring artworks that responded to the events of 9/11. Curated by Judy Collischan for Chelsea Studio Gallery, New York, the exhibition ran September 5-28, 2002. Hassinger also presented this work at the “Faculty Show,” Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, in 2002.

For a review of “Unforgettable,” see “Ausschreibung ‘Unforgettable’ @ Berliner Kunstprojekt,” NYArts (December 2002).

Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository: Collection of the artist
Location:  Chelsea Studio Gallery, New York Source: Maren Hassinger
Title: Why Did This Happen? Rights:
Medium:35mm slide Comments: In this photograph, Maren Hassinger is seated with her back to the viewer.
Dimensions: Date: 2002