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S: Happy Days Are Here Again

FC: Duane Hanson: The American Artist

1: Duane Hanson: the American Artist By Kristin Ranshaw

3: Introduction Born in a small town in Minnaesota in 1925 and passed away in Flordia durind 1996, ladies and gentlemen here he is; Duane Hanson!

5: Hanson's Biography Hanson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in 1946. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota and in 1951 completed an M.F.A. in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. After schooling Hanson went to Germany and was working as an art teacher for the U.S. army school system. While in Germany he began to experiment with synthetic media, especially with polyester resin and fiberglass. He moved back to America in 1960. In 1971, Hanson was diagnosed with cancer. In 1995, he had a relapse, and died on January 6, 1996 at the age of 70.

7: Hanson's Early Work and Beginning Years Hanson's earlist sculpture was recorded at the age of thirteen. He used household materials such as soap and his mothers broomsticks. His first recorded sculpture was a three-demensional repulca of Thomas Gainsborough's famous potrait Blue Boy. Hanson used whatever implements that were availble such as his mothers butcher knife. He carved wood into either clother or nude human bodies or parts. All of his work was naturalistically rendered and were often in different positions, showing that he was exploring what different poses the human body can assume. When Hanson became popular he used his art to protest the current events such as abortion and the vietnom war, and even racial segeration and violence.

9: Hanson's Personal Style Hanson is a photorealist,he took photos of people and sketched them, then he sculpted them. Over !,000 photosgraphs were found in Hanson's studio.

11: Why Is He Famous? Duane Hanson i famous because he went against tradition and did what pleases him. Hanson also took his time and put detail down to the last armhair to make his sculputures super realistic. Hanson is famous because he took his time and made his art perfect.

13: Inspiration Hanson inspries me because he represents going against what everybody expects, he taught me to do what inspires me, no matter what anybodies opinion is. I learned more about art in this one week than i have in a lifetime, who knew i could learn so much from a dead guy.

15: Conclusion When i first looked up Duane Hanson and saw his art, i was really disappointed because i didn't like his work. However, when i started looking up his background, his quotes, and the meanings behind his work, i realized that that apperance isn't everything. Hansons work is beautiful because it represents what everyday American represents, hardship, sadness, anger, love, joy, and so much more. I realized that arts not about beauty, it's about depth.

17: Quotes Duane Hanson said: ‘I like the physical burdens this woman carries. She is weighted down by all of her shopping bags and purchases, and she has become almost a bag herself. She carries physical burdens – the burdens of life, of everyday living. But initially, it’s quite a funny sculpture’.(left) "...I always like bringing out the weight and the communication of a certain amount of heaviness that I find in our time - a kind of sadness." " To me," he says, "basically they're sculptures...I want the whole thing to create a mood that comes through the forms when they're right."

19: More Quotes “I have nothing to do with it, and have suffered from it. When I went to art school, realism was a no-no. You always had to use your imagination and never copy. I see more inside these sculptures than outside. That is what I manipulate to make forms look right and achieve credibility. I never wanted to be tradition-bound to so-called 'realist' concepts or procedures. I don't even like to discuss it." "I'm mostly interested in the human form as subject matter and means of expression for my sculpture. What can generate more interest, fascination, beauty, ugliness, joy, shock or contempt than a human being? Most of my time involves concentrating on the sculpting aspect. Casting, repairing, assembling, painting, correcting it until it pleases me. That takes some doing as I'm rarely satisfied."

21: Work Cited - www.richeast.org/HTWM/artists/AK/hanson.html - http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/254609/Duane-Hanson - http://www.tfaoi.org/newsm1/n1m122.htm

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