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Hannah Dreiss & Nemo's
do you recognize our faces?
circle drawer extraordinaire
illustrator of GNDITDP
fabricator of upcycled mosaics
male knitting, planting
seeds & bearding
bet you couldn't stop thinking about it!
|Feeling challenged by the abundance and
variety of aluminum cans they had acquired over the course of two years, Hannah & nemo took on their largest and most complex art works to date. This series entitled Live, Love, Ride, Fly depicts elements of the couple’s blended South Texas heritage.
"Vita" (Latin for LIFE) 24x36, aluminum cans, nails, plywood
A flower adorned skull reminds the artists of the inevitability of death, which is not something to be feared, rather a reminder to live life to its fullest. A skull may insight fear in many, but for Hannah & nemo, it is a simple anthropological symbol of humanity - a shared commonality that we all carry with us, no matter our origins.
"Amor" (Latin for LOVE) 24x36, aluminum cans, nails, plywood
An anatomically correct human heart reminds the artists of the most sincere form of love and commitment to each other and their craft. This heart design was inspired by milagros, (the small metal religious charms) with the aluminum can pieces creating an effect as though it was composed of the charms themselves.
"Navi" (Latin for FLY) 24x36, aluminum cans, nails, plywood
The barn swallows that build their nests under the eaves in the Texas hill country exhibit an inspiring and playful determination. Hannah & nemo feel connected to these little architects who are so committed to constructing the perfect enclosure, fighting to secure their favorite spot, while at the same time enjoying the magical freedom of flight.
"Veho" (Latin for RIDE) 24x36, aluminum cans, nails, plywood
Once being bike commuters and now helping to coordinate mountain biking events, Hannah & nemo have a close connection to and appreciation for the beauty of the bicycle. Never waning in popularity since its invention, the couple believes there is no better human-powered machine for simple propulsion through our enviroment.
"Ride" 16x20, aluminum cans, nails, plywood
Detail from "Ride"
(more from this series coming soon)
"Cranium Sustainium" 16x20, aluminum cans, nails, plywood
(our submission for RedBull Art of Can Chicago 2014 - top 30 finalist)
yes, our art really is made out of aluminum cans!
(all from the comfort of our camper van)
here are the steps in our process:
garbage cans, recycling bins, friends, family,
strangers walking down the street & maybe even you
wash with soap and water to get rid of the scum,
mold, backwash, cigarette butts and bugs
top, bottom and down the side (& recycle the left over bits)
muscle each can into a flat rectangle
selectively punch each disc, one at a time, using a proprietary tool
then punch each disc again for the nail hole
measure grid and pencil in on plywood
(that we previously cut to size on a scary table saw)
place each disc in desired location
and pound into place using more proprietary tools
and to answer your #1 question:
they take a really, really, REALLY long time to make!
and to answer your #2 question:
Yes, Nemo is The Famous Artist, notorious for drawing perfect
freehand circles! After 10 years of drawing circles nearly every
single day, he is now transitioning into other art forms and has
taken up the hobby of knitting.
We would like to thank our many art patrons, who supported us
through the purchase of nearly 2000 Nemo drawings and
paintings during the last decade. But you haven't seen the last of
the perfect freehand circles just yet - so stay tuned!
If you would like to see some of Nemo's circle art
please check the virtual world links below!
and to answer your #3 question:
Yes, we live in a van! We have lived in our camper van since
2010. It's only 96 square feet and includes everything we need
for living and working: kitchen, bed, studio, toilet, shower, air
conditioning, heater & room for all our art and festival supplies.
A common misconception is that we are
FANCY because our van is a Mercedes Sprinter.
Its the exact same vehicle as the Dodge Sprinter
and prior to being re-branded as a Mercedes in 2010,
the Dodge used a Mercedes engine!
other interesting fact:
Thanks to BlueDEF our van is practically emission free!
frequently asked questions/comments:
more to come - this section is a work in progress!
how do I care for my recent art purchase?
- 1 -
purchasing fine art is an investment! do not place in
harm's way such as outdoors or under water
- 2 -
for maximum effect, place in path of vent, fan or
any person who produces lots of hot air
- 3 -
to dust it, use a new/dry wide paint brush in downward stokes
- 4 -
no, the discs will not fall off if you move it. the art transports
fine when packaged in bubble wrap.
where can you find us in the real world?
where can you find us in the virtual world?
want to help ?
click here for can cutting instructions
(attempt at your own risk!)
and did we mention....
the art takes a really, really, REALLY long time to make!
an animation...just for fun:
are you still here? there's more -
please enjoy our "mission statement"
We are an independent artist partnership, with an architectural
design background, that creates one of a kind, elegantly
assembled works of art. We are committed to sustainability
through our choice of materials and methods, which create a
unique blend of contemporary artistry and traditional
construction techniques. Our patrons are free thinking intellectuals
and trend setters who care about the environment, while taking
pride in discovering the perfect art piece to complement their
developing collections. We provide opportunity to directly
purchase a handcrafted element of design that expresses style
and beauty through structure and medium, while sharing our
artistic contribution with the world.
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