Don Henson: In Fluid Space

The lathe turned wood and machined aluminum sculptures of Don Henson synthesize the historically formal aesthetics of object making with the contemporary popular culture genre of science fiction. Working in a very structured technological manner, with a high level of craftsmanship, Henson makes and combines forms both abstractly organic and industrially mechanical.  He is “interested in exploring the possibilities of new forms generated by the synthesis of what we know and have and what we dream and create.” The resultant sculpture, in the words of the artist, “creates a new unclassifiable organism, producing an intellectual tension and confronting the viewer with the unknown.”

Don Henson "Seeker"
Donald Henson
turned wood, machined aluminum, paint, cable
42 x 8 x 8 in.

Don Henson "Drones"
Artist Don Henson and Drones (2006)

Henson, from Houston, TX, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Faculty Diversity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His previous positions included Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, and Technical Assistant to the Paintings Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Henson received his MFA in Sculpture from Kent State University, Kent, OH, (2006) and his BFA from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX (2000). His sculpture has been exhibited at the Allcott Gallery of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, WCO Open Center in New York, NY, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX, and at various galleries in Kent, Akron, and Cleveland, OH, and Huntsville, TX. His sculpture is included in Dona Z. Meilach’s Ironwork Today (2006).


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