What Is My Work About?


Artist Statement
My work engages a fundamental duality: a full embrace of painting, despite my ambivalence about its limitations as a live and contingent medium; and exchange of artworks as a way to produce new meanings. 

In my practice the work is only (temporarily) complete while shared with others. This completion manifests as creative collaboration. Just over a year ago I showed a series of works at West Street Gallery, an apartment space operated by friends and colleagues. Each work in the show was made specifically as a gift for a person who have supported my direction and/or contributed to my imagery. To stress the incompleteness of this project, each image was a detail of a previous larger painting. I am including images of works from this show, as well as subsequent drawings and paintings that partake in that image database.

Another example of the changing relationships between works is presenting here in two works, both titled “Candle Maker’s Lamp”. (2008 and 2012) They are part of an life long cyclical project, accounting for growth every four years.

Van Hanos
Born in 1979 in Edison, NJ
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

2010 MFA School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York, NY
2001 BFA Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD

Solo Exhibitions 

2011 VAN HANOS, West Street Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

In plain sight, Mitchell Innes & Nash, New York, NY 
Group Show, West Street Gallery, New York, NY
3 CATS, BC, New York, NY 
THE REAL CONQUESTS, Favorite Goods, Los Angeles, CA 
THE END, Vogt Galley, New York, NY (Curated by Michael Bühler-Rose & John Connelly}


HEADS WITH TAILS, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY (Curated by West Street Gallery)
TUESDAY, Mixed Greens, New York, NY (Curated by Amani Olu)


IT’S ALL AMERICAN, New Jersey Museum Of Contemporary Art, Asbury Park, NJ (Curated by Alex Gartenfeld & Haley Mellin)
THE IRASCIBLES: NEW PAINTINGS FROM NEW YORK, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
BOSCH YOUNG TALENT SHOW, AKV | St. Joost, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
CONVERSAZIONE, Galleria Pianissimo, Milan, Italy (Curated by Marco Antonini)
A FAILED ENTERTAINMENT, LeRoy Neiman Center, Columbia University, New York, NY (Curated by Sam Ekwurtzel)


WITHOUT WALLS, Museum 52, New York, NY
THE FORM ITSELF, Priska C. Juschka, New York, NY (Curated by Michael Bühler-Rose),
WHAT THE MIDNIGHT CAN SHOW US, Museum 52, New York, NY (Curated by Liz Jonckheer)
CUBE PASSERBY 2008, Gavin Brown Enterprises, Passerby Gallery, New York, NY (Curated by Michael Caputo)


THE MOST SPLENDID APOCALYPSE, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY (Curated by 
Jason Murison)
DELICATE DEMONS & HEAVENLY DELIGHTS, Oliver Kamm/5BE, New York, NY (Curated by Kamrooz Aram & Jessica Lin Cox)
KA/VH: RA/AG, Oliver Kamm 5BE Gallery, New York, NY
WHITE PAGE, Pickled Art Center, Beijing, China (Curated by Marco Antonini)


Bessie Zhu, Bathos of a Profound TItle: THE END at Vogt, Artcritical.com Feb. 16

Lumi Tan, VAN HANOS, New York Critic’s Pick, Artforum.com, May

Robyn Dutra, MADE IN AMERICA, Soma Magazine, November 
MERTO SECTION, New York Times NJ Region, November 12,
Gerrit Van Den Hoven, JEROEN BOSCH KIJKT VANACHTER GASSDOEK TOE, Kunst/Culture, Brabants Dagblag, Netherlands, July 15
Guia Cortassa, CONVERSAZIONE, Flash Art Italy, Issue #283, March 
Valentina Rapino, HUBBARD, HANOS, KITSON, Exibart, April 9
Sara Clemente, ‘JEST’ REIGNS AT LEROY NEIMAN, Columbia Spectator, February 9

Talia Chetrit, VAN HANOS’S HARLEM STUDIO, The Highlights, February 10

Marco Antonini, INTERVIEW WITH VAN HANOS, WhiteHot Magaizine, October 

Mark Jacobs, STYLE; COAST LINES, New York Times Magazine, March 4


Roberta Smith, KA/VH: RA/AG, Featured Listings, New York Times, March 18 2005
Hynek Pallas, THE STATE OF THE ART, Bon Magazine, International Edition, September 

Claudia Wu, MEET JOSHUA ABELOW, Me Magazine, Interview with Van Hanos, Issue #1, Fall