Channing Hansen’s work emerges boisterously, brilliantly, at the intersection of chance, science, feminism and back-to-the-hand aesthetics. His first show at Marc Selwyn Fine Art is enthralling.
Born and based in L.A., Hansen has a restless mind and restless fingers, which took up knitting a decade ago and now turn out wildly restless webs of line and color. His knotted, pulled and stringy fields, stretched across frames like paintings, were among the highlights of the Hammer’s 2014 “Made in L.A.” biennial.
Hansen spins and dyes his own fibers, an artisan mix whose provenance is “fully accounted for in the title information (“Alpaca, Bluefaced Leicester, California Variegated Mutant [Nyssa]...”). The titles -- “K2: AR:03,” for instance -- refer cryptically to the computer algorithm that generated the “score” he follows to create each piece. There is randomness involved, but also an obvious lineage.
Marc Selwyn Fine Art, 9953 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 277-9953, through April 9. Closed Sundays and Mondays. www.marcselwynfineart.com