Minneapolis-based artist Susan Hensel explains how she was affected by COVID-19 and local changes in the community
2020 has had an impact on the world – It has disrupted many lifestyles in public health, communities, schools and businesses.
– Susan Hensel
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – 2020 has had an impact on the world – both locally in American cities to the global scale. It has disrupted many ways of life in public health, communities, schools and businesses. Owner of a gallery based in Minneapolis Suzanne Hensel felt like she was caught in the middle of it all.
Artist Susan Hensel was one of many artists as well as business owners who were affected by the changes in 2020. These changes have impacted Americans locally and they have felt the shake up. internationally and globally with COVID-19. The pandemic disrupted many industries in 2020, most of which are still recovering. Susan hensel Art Gallery in Minneapolis felt the tremors firsthand.
Due to the pandemic, the arts and culture sector has been affected. Many businesses have been closed – galleries, creative spaces, concert halls, festival spaces and theaters. According to Americans for the Arts, approximately $ 15.5 billion has been lost to local businesses. However, there was a silver lining – many artists and creators moved to online spaces. This has led to an increase in online art exhibitions, digital art galleries, online art fairs which have converted into online art sales. New art buyers accounted for 26% of online sales for the first half of 2020 (Art Basel). The Susan Hensel Gallery has released several interactive exhibitions over the past year, including “Let’s Play: Interactive Sculptures by Susan Hensel” and “Stitches on the Path to Here Ingrid Restemayer”.
The passing of George Floyd was a major event in 2020 that was felt throughout the Minneapolis community. Over the following months, demonstrations and protests took place in Minneapolis. The Susan Hensel Gallery is located in the Powderhorn Park area where George Floyd passed, about five minutes away. This intersection is the intersection of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.
There is an ongoing effort to transform the intersection into “George Floyd Square” – a memorial site. The intersection is also adorned with murals, sculptures, flowers, candles, and other artwork. In late 2020, the City of Minneapolis began long-term planning for the preservation of public artwork and permanent uses of the site.
“As a longtime resident of Minneapolis, the loss of George Floyd was one of the biggest events that rocked our city. This was the catalyst for a much larger movement that would unfold across the country. The community was able to come together in solidarity and make the intersection a memorial. Every time I walk past it, I catch a glimpse of it and remember it. – Susan Hensel
Current and upcoming exhibitions at the Susan Hensel Gallery
Opened September 10, 2004 in Minneapolis, MN, Susan Hensel Gallery is a gallery / workspace featuring 5-6 exhibitions per year. In 2013, the interior space became a working studio for Susan Hensel, where she continues to work on small and large-scale works of art that engage both sculptural and cultural space. The Susan Hensel Gallery is now both a large storefront gallery on Cedar Avenue, a major thoroughfare in southern Minneapolis, and an online business represented on Artsy.net.
From the Center is an exhibition that will run from June 15, 2021 to August 15, 2021 at the Susan Hensel Gallery and will feature the work of Linda King Ferguson. Linda’s work is based on the co-ownership of textiles and painting processes. Learn more about this exhibition on Artsy.net.
About Susan Hensel: Susan Hensel is a multidisciplinary artist, with a career spanning over 50 years, who combines mixed media practice with embroidery on digital and manual platforms. Susan Hensel’s work is known and collected across the country, represented in libraries and collectible museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Getty Research Institute. There are significant funds at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the University of Washington, Baylor University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The archives relating to his artist’s books are available for study at the libraries of the University of Washington in Seattle. In recent years, Hensel has received numerous scholarships and residencies through the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Ragdale Foundation.