Mapping + Unpacking
Mixed Media and Sculpture by Bret Hanson
Reception: Sat, Apr 22, 4pm
Mapping is a prevalent theme in my work. A map is a way to understand the world and what one’s place is in it. It is also a pictorial symbol representing a space beyond itself. In my work, I am developing a personal map-making language. By combining the visual language of maps with architectural and organic elements of places I have seen and/or experienced, a new way to map my memories emerges. I am inventing a new cartography: map-like imagery that consists of simplified elements of my memories, thoughts, and experiences.
In this work, I have been striving to unpack and understand four phases/places of my life that have led me to where I am today. I am striving to create a new mapping system, a way to synthesize map-like language into a visual record of my life. By extracting certain lines and shapes from places, maps, and architecture, I can reference both of those worlds, but fragment them enough so that the result is a more personal yet universal mapping language.
Bret was born in Blackfoot, Idaho and raised in a religious home. Both the physical and spiritual landscapes of his youth have impacted his work. Stars in the night sky, flat farmland, the Snake River Valley, and the Rocky Mountains nearby all helped shape the way that he interpreted his surroundings. He has recently left the Mormon Church and is now attempting to unpack and understand his upbringing and how it affects him. Bret studied printmaking at Utah State University and received an MFA from the University of New Mexico. He calls Salt Lake City home and loves music, riding bikes, skiing, and spending time with the ones he loves.
Location: Main Library, Gallery at Library Square
Contact Information: 801-524-8200