Steven L Anderson
March 10th - April 1st 2022
Opening Reception: Friday March 11th 7 pm
Entropy Plan for the Western Fam
Anderson’s artistic goal is to make images, things, spaces, and situations that fuse the exhilaration of the human spirit with the ferocious beauty of Nature to make a palpable, tingling essence.
This is an exhibition of recent video, painting, and works on collaged paper by Atlanta-based artist Steven L. Anderson. The show title’s plays on Joseph Beuys’ lecture tour of the United States in 1974, Energy Plan for the Western Man. The ecological and spiritual crises Beuys addressed in that era still confront us, as we are confronted by Half 483 Years, a large-scale artwork on paper that sprawls across the floor.
The crumpled cross-section of a hewn tree finds its concentric circles echoed on the left wall in Shared History #1, a precarious assembly of paintings on shaped canvasses—a rusted memorial to deforestation. On the gallery’s large video screen, two performers in bright orange jumpsuits encircle the trunk of a large tree with a string of bells, sounding out an arboreal dance in the forest rainfall. The right wall offers three artworks in air-blown ink—root-like, calligraphic flows of earthy colors that form their own vegetal logic. Hovering above all from the ceiling is a small work on black paper, Full Moon. It shines down with a sense of lunatic pull between entropic chaos and verdant potentialities.
Anderson’s artwork is about the power of Nature, and the nature of power. His creative practice looks to trees and plants as an evergreen source of metaphors for how we experience the world. Anderson’s artistic goal is to make images, things, spaces, and situations that fuse the exhilaration of the human spirit with the ferocious beauty of Nature to make a palpable, tingling essence.
Steven L. Anderson is an exhibiting artist, and Co-Director of Day & Night Projects, an artist-run gallery in Atlanta that he helped originate in 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States since 1996. His artworks are found in the Microsoft Art Collection, the Tim & Lauren Schrager Collection, and in collections of Coca-Cola Inc., Emory University Hospitals, and the National Park Service.
Anderson was the 2021 Artist-in-Residence at Atlanta’s Blue Heron Nature Preserve. He was a recipient of the 2019 Denis Diderot [A-i-R] Grant at Château d’Orquevaux Artist Residency in Orquevaux, France. He was awarded a 2018–19 Artist Project Grant from the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and was a 2018 Fulton County Fine Art Acquisition Program finalist. Anderson was a TAR Project Therapeutic Artist Resident in 2016–17, has been a Studio Artist at Atlanta Contemporary (2013–16), a 2015 Hambidge Center Distinguished Fellow, and a 2014–15 WonderRoot Walthall Artist Fellow. Anderson’s sketchbooks are in the permanent collection of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.
Anderson’s day job is Senior Graphic Designer at the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Emory University. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Liz and son Finn. Other 2022 solo shows included Gallery 1740 in Atlanta and ArtSpace in Richmond, VA. His artworks can also be seen at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta.
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Artist’s Book Entropy Plan for the Western Fam