Kirsten Hassenfeld: “Dans la Lune”

The Rice Gallery will be transformed into a treasure trove for Kirsten Hassenfeld’s “Dans la Lune.” Hassenfeld, an artist based in New York, is obviously passionate about jewels and riches. Her meticulously made paper sculptures are giant models of gemstones, jewelry and highly ornate decorative arts. According to the Rice Gallery Web site, Hassenfeld’s work is inspired by places where people indulge their ravenous appetites for money, like pawnshops and casinos. She devours auction catalogues for inspiration. Ironically, the oversized treasures seem to emphasize the absurdity of material value, while at the same time demonstrating the objects’ mesmerizing beauty. Lit from within, the sculptures glow and attractively beckon like candy sirens. You can almost feel the big, cartoon dollar signs in your eyes.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 27. Continues through Dec. 9, 2007

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