Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Little Bit of Progress



The next crop of Smiley Faces got some color today. It's cold and wet, and my sculpture shed is unheated, so I moved them inside the house to dry. Tomorrow, they will get a little more love. It's going to take a few days to know what develops with these sculptures.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Day One of New Smiley Faces



New Smiley Faces begun today, and more besides these. First application of a shell from my Florida trip. Let's see where these go!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Mom



Even got Mom to make some art! (She looks pretty good for 80, doesn't she!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Leaving My Mark in Florida




First, you wear the Bandage Painting, then you stick on something. Marking my territory!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Bandage Paintings









































I am taking three Bandage Paintings with me to Florida, so that I may leave my mark.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Two Sculptures by Kurt Schwitters



Kurt Schwitters
"Peg Sculpture"
1945-47



Kurt Schwitters
"Togetherness"
1945-47

Just finished a book on Schwitters, Miro, and Arp. Kurt Schwitters knocks me out!
















Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Another Garden Sculpture



Dean Hanmer
Untitled
Mosaic on flagstone.
Made sometime around 2010.

Photographed October 2018
Vashon Island, WA

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pitchfork with Mosaic



If its in the garden, mosaic it.

Photographed October 2018
Vashon Island, Washington

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mosaic Stepping Stones



These stones have been in this garden for many years. Still looking good.

Photographed October 2018
Vashon Island, WA

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Princess Genevieve



Dean Hanmer
Princess Genevieve
2012
plaster over steel, glass, plant
80 inches tall

Photographed October 2018
Vashon Island, WA

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Man in the Red Suit



Dean Hanmer
The Man in the Red Suit
2010
Mosaic on cement backer board on treated wood
80 x 8 x 3 inches

Photographed October, 2018
Vashon Island, WA



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Red Planter



Another Dean Hanmer original. It's been sitting in the garden for many years. Still looks great!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The First Family



Dean Hanmer
The First Family
2010
plaster over steel, glass, wire, wine corks, plants, wood beads,
84 x 24 x 24 inches

Photographed October 2018
Vashon Island, WA

Monday, November 5, 2018

Totem



Dean Hanmer
Totem
2011
plaster over steel, glass, metal wind chime
94 x 18 x 8 inches

Photographed October, 2018
Vashon Island, WA



Sunday, November 4, 2018

It's Amazing What One Finds When They Google Themselves


Article by Rachel Stumme | Photos by Richele Kuhlmannpublished | february ‘09
mary portraitDean Hanmer was living an ordinary life: put on a suit, take a bus to work, sit in a cubicle, take the bus home. Repeat, repeat, repeat. His colleagues patted him on the back and said he was a role model. His clients boasted about him at cocktail parties. And one day, with little money in savings and no other job lined up, Dean walked into the office and resigned. 
It was a shock to his employer, but his decision had been brewing for awhile. Little did his employer know, Dean had discovered his artistic passion and was ready to trade in his laptop and suit for nails and glue. 
"I kind of liked the job but it was not me," Dean says. "Quitting the job was about not being authentic. Even though I looked good and people thought I was authentic, I knew that I wasn’t. I became clear that I wanted to learn what a real being looked like. Who really am I? And what am I capable of?" So Dean began to ponder what an authentic life might look like for him. "’Well, I have got to start making art. And what do I have available?’ I had beer bottle caps and I had friends that drank beer. I thought, ‘Here’s a renewable resource!’" 
In the months leading up to his resignation, Dean had been busy during evenings and weekends creating his first piece, a large wooden cross covered mosaic-style in family memorabilia, religious imagery, and of course, bottle caps. 
christ and familyFor Dean, this piece was a way to honor family members and to honor how he felt about his life and himself within the context of family and religion. "There’s an idea as a kid that all of your relatives or anyone who’s bigger than you is held in esteem. You’re the person sitting at the little table and you have to honor them because you’re told to," he says. "It made me realize that we’re all working under such severe limitations. We’re all doing the best that we can. It turned out to be not only a documentation project but a healing work." Then he adds, laughing, "You can be as enlightened as you think you are until you spend some time with family."
Dean finished the cross and moved to Port Townsend, Washington, a slow-paced town on the waterfront that is home to many artists. He rented an art studio and slept in a tent on the beach. Every day he walked the beach and immersed himself in his work on his next piece, a large altar. 
Living on the beach and working on his art was a great way to switch gears, but Dean knew it wasn’t a sustainable lifestyle for him, regardless of how low his expenses were. He was aware in the back of his mind that he could not continue on like this forever, not making any money.
love noteThis was the time that Dean began dating Pattie, whom he would later marry. He moved with her to Vashon Island, a small island off the coast of Washington and set up a studio in their home. Even with her income, he had to put his creativity to work finding ways to make ends meet, including physical labor. "I had an art show and sold some art, and I met some people and asked them who was doing their landscaping. As I delivered my sculpture I would always try to get the landscaping job," he says.
Much of Dean’s art is devoted to working out a philosophical concept through his hands to create art.  He draws a parallel between the bit-by-bit creation process and the gradual insight that occurs as he does his work. "You really get clear when you’re doing this kind of work because you’re so in the present. All you’re thinking of is putting this bottle cap on, or gluing on this picture. You can’t do that in yoga or meditation—your mind’s always going. Working on this helps me clean to the extent that it’s possible." He works with the goal of creating "sacred space" in the form of garden markers, memorials, and cenotaphs that serve as a focal point visually or energetically where a person feels grounded with who they really are.
In addition to the cross and the altar, Dean continues to craft new pieces for the installation in his studio. He has added a podium and several large panels to create a chapel that documents his life and preserve the things and ideas that make up an important part of who he is. 
Dean emphasizes that while he is living authentically and pursuing a dream, he has to work hard to protect that opportunity. "The Universe absolutely does want to provide, but it’s only going to meet you halfway. So you have to do something: change your action, take physical action, and take responsibility in that. Watch less TV, get away from the computer, say yes to some things you’ve said no to."
Hidden Treasures
altarBut how do you know which things deserve a yes? Dean uses another form of art called Treasure Mapping to make sure that he’s putting his time and energy into things that are in line with his goals. Treasure Mapping is a way of creating a collage with images that are seemingly random, but that represent your highest goals, desires, and intentions—in a way, creating a map of where to focus next. Dean began several years ago collecting images in a notebook. About a year after he started, he was flipping through the book and realized that the images he had chosen were beginning to manifest in his life. He started to create collages in a purposeful way, to keep his aspirations at a conscious level.
Dean’s current Treasure Map includes pictures like fresh vegetables to represent growing his own food, an older man contorted into an impossible yoga pose on the beach at sunset, and just for fun, the Teatro Zinzanni logo (he’s always wanted to go). "This helps me to keep it alive in my own day-to-day so that when it appears in whatever form I can say yes instead of wondering if it’s right for me," he says. "I use this not only as a way to communicate to the Universe what I want, but also as a real-life daily reminder of what I should be saying yes to without stumbling on my words." For example, when he grows old, he wants to be doing yoga on the beach. This picture is a reminder to him to go to yoga tonight, instead of saying no to yoga tonight. 
hulaEarly in Dean’s relationship with Pattie, he learned that she had also been doing Treasure Mapping and getting similar results. Now they teach Treasure Mapping workshops together as a way to bring art to the community. "It’s my way of introducing people to hammering bottle caps, only in a more universal way," says Dean.  He hopes that participants will take that state of mind home and transfer it into their own art forms.
When Dean left his corporate career, he didn’t drop out of society. Instead, he found a way to engage with those around him in a way that feels joyful and authentic. "As I became an artist, I could see that people were reacting to me in a less guarded way. That encouraged me. When I would get in a conversation they would always ask about the art. It became clear to me that people have the need for more art in their lives, and many of them are aware of it," he says. "This is my chosen way of being a contributor."

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Stele No. 1



Dean Hanmer
Stele No. 1
2018
plaster over steel, glass, agate, plastic







Thursday, November 1, 2018

They Keep on Coming



Smiley Face No. 11
Smiley Face No. 12
Dean Hanmer
2018
Plaster over steel, glass, metal, mirror, acrylic paint
11 x 4 inches