|Escape from Meaning|
EN: Can you tell me about your background... where you are from... went to school, etc.
Dan Hansen: I grew up in Grand Marais. I went to Cook County High School and graduated in '97. I went to UMD for a year with a graphic design major before dropping out altogether. I guess you could say I've never identified with geographical locations or even the past experiences I've had that most people tend to define themselves around. The world seemed like one continuity break after another to me. Disjunction City. I wasn't sure if everyone was in on a big secret that totally escaped me or if I was the one with the big secret that escaped them. Whatever it was...it sure seemed to give a lot of purpose and meaning to those around me. A purpose I've spent the last 17 years trying to discover for myself.
EN: Who have been your biggest influences?
So this laid a framework for me. I was ecstatic! I said to myself, "Now I'm going to give the public what it deserves... the shittiest looking art in Duluth and they're going to love it!" I then pumped out maybe 35 rage inspired pieces in a couple of weeks which actually was the bulk of my first real art exhibit at Pizza Luce June of 2005 with the aide of my art assistant Lucas Anderson. There seemed to be critical acclaim for my work which was mostly done using MS Paint that came with the Windows XP operating system I used at the time. I was creating the shittiest art on the shittiest graphics program and loving every rage fueled minute of it. For the first time in my life I discovered meaning.
EN: What are your interests outside of art? Reading? Movies? Texas Hold’em? NFL Football?
EN: Dan, I know I speak for many others when I say that we're looking forward to your show in April.
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Meantime art goes on all around you. Celebrate forever.