Life time artist Jeffrey Hansen has lived and worked in Lowertown, St. Paul since 1994. However, his artistic endeavors started before that; circa 1991, while living in White Bear Lake and attending the College of Visual Arts he opened his own workshop and studio in the downtown area of White Bear. Jeff graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with major studies in painting, photography, and printmaking, and minor studies in sculpture, design, and furniture making.
The original term ‘Non-Zero-Sum’ refers to situations usually found within parameters of game or economic theory and generally having no universally accepted solutions. Where in these artworks the circles visually generate no universal degree of sameness to any one viewer at any one time. That is, there is no single optimal strategy, outcome, or symbol that is preferable to all others. A non-zero-sum conflict, as it were, has odds of both complementary and completely opposed motives that are perceived as never-ending. Where here, the odds within the artworks create boundless loops and circular infinite subjectivity that share that opposition. Together then, the precision in which the circles appear in the plain of the artworks paired with the randomly applied textures markedly represent that opposition, helping ground the works in a reality of now-ness.