Designboom interviews Alex Brewer, better known as HENSE

January 11 2014 . 12:56am

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DB: please could you tell us briefly about your background?
AB: I’m a contemporary visual artist with a focus primarily on public art, painting, sculpture and site-specific installation work. I’ve been creating paintings and drawings ever since I was very young. my parents had a background in interior design and architecture and they also studied art in college which I think contributed to my wanting to be creative early on. they pushed public television and reading and I remember being inspired by the things I would see on PBS or read in a book. a also really liked the illustrations I saw in children’s books that we had around the house growing up. I didn’t really start thinking about having a career in art until high school. in 1992 I discovered graffiti and I basically through myself into the world of working outdoors and on multiple surfaces. I studied art at virginia commonwealth university briefly and dropped out to peruse my work in the street. in 2000 I got a job working at an art publishing company which had an in house art studio full of all the materials I would need to experiment with. I worked for the company for several years developing works for them and for myself, while simultaneously going out to paint the streets at night. I learned about scale and working outdoors through exterior street work and I learned about painting and developing my studio practice by working with the company. I always took on my own projects or exhibitions on the side and got to a point of being busy enough to shift my focus entirely to having my own studio.

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For further acquaintance on the artist visit: hensethename.com

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New installation piece from HENSE at the High Museum of Art

August 23 2013 . 04:14am

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Michael Rooks, the Wieland Family Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the High speaks with HENSE about “Wall Drawing No. 1” which he created specifically for the new exhibition “Drawing Inside the Perimeter” — on view at the High through September 22, 2013.

Wall Drawing 1

2013

Site-specific installation 

Acrylic on wall

Commissioned by the High Museum of Art

Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Find out more at: hensethename.com

 

 

 

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HENSE in Lima, Peru 2013

April 29 2013 . 09:55pm

 

We just finished up a large exterior installation in Lima, Peru. This is my tallest work to date measuring 137 feet tall and 170 feet wide. The project was organized by Morbo Gallery and funded by the ISIL Institute in MiraFlores, Lima. I worked with my head assistant and a crew of 10 professional painters over the course of a month to complete the work.

With all my exterior projects, I rarely use a preconceived sketch or concept to go off of. In this case, I presented a few rough concepts to the school to express my vision for the building. However, I always like to leave some room for creative freedom and spontaneity while working. This project was challenging because of the scale. Every shape and mark that we made on the wall had to be massive to be seen from a great distance. I also wanted to leave smaller,  details that would be seen by viewers close to the work. In this case most of my painting crew were local to Lima and spoke little to no English and I speak very little Spanish so it was challenging to communicate with them in the beginning of the project. After a month of working everyday with them we managed to be able to understand each other. I´m very grateful for that experience and I learned a lot from them and hope that they were inspired in some way by assisting in the process of the artwork.

We used over 200 gallons of exterior latex paint and a small amount of aerosol on this work. Most of the tools we used were rollers of various sizes, a paint sprayer, brushes, and homemade tools. One thing I feel is important when working on this scale is the improvisational use of tools to create the marks and shapes. In order to reach heights and lengths I had to attach brushes to extension poles to paint in hard to reach areas. We used strings and ropes to create circles and lines that needed to be accurate. However, most gestures and shapes were created freehand. I always push to keep a loose, painterly feel at a large scale. All my work is purely abstract and non representational.

These works are inspired by the architecture and context of the structure. In this case I wanted to use very bright colors that would pop against the sky and next to other near by architecture in Lima. This piece has many layers in it. some of which we covered completely. It’s important to me that the work has a very layered and built up look. I’m never afraid to destroy the image at any given time if it means I have to in order to achieve progression in the work.

I’m always wanting to challenge myself and the viewer in regards to painting and what that can be.

Photo Credits: Christian Rinke, Os Villavicencio, Gino Moreno, Jules Bay, Elard Robles and HENSE.

Special thanks to: Jules Bay, Taylor Means, Morbo Gallery, ISIL Institute, Luar Zeid, Panorama, Angel, Paul, Pedro, Alex, Miguel, Jaime, Mayo, William, Christian Rinke, Gino Moreno, Os Villavicencio, Carlos Benvenuto, Candice House, Elard Robles. For all the hard work and making this project come to fruition.

Find out more at: HenseTheName.com

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HENSE | Private commission in Washington, DC

October 30 2012 . 07:03pm

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Private commission
Aerosol and Latex house paint on historic building, 2012
Washington, DC

Photos: Miguel “M.i.G” Martinez

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HENSE – SPRAY | September 14 – October 20, 2012

August 31 2012 . 09:35pm

Find out more at: hensethename.com / sandlerhudson.com

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