Copper in the Arts

June 2017

SculptureCenter Unveils First US Solo Show by Emerging Artist Sam Anderson

The SculptureCenter in NYC recently unveiled a series of newly commissioned sculptures by emerging artist Sam Anderson, on view through July 31. The exhibit represents the artist’s first solo US show, featuring several mixed media pieces in clay and copper, along with a video piece for SculptureCenter’s lower level galleries.

Anderson creates compositions with figures and objects that inhabit oddly familiar relationships to the site and viewer. Often depicting intimate and internal dynamics, the arrangements are formal as well as psychological, effects expressed through repetition and mutations in scale and style. Using a range of found and made materials to construct her scenes, each work borrows from language as well as personal history to question how memory and emotion is indexed.

news.jpgSam Anderson, E number 1 - 11, 2017, installation view, SculptureCenter, New York, 2017. Clay, wood, wire, copper, acrylic. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist, Chapter NY, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, and mother’s tankstation limited, Dublin.

Photograph by Kyle Knodell.

For her exhibition, Anderson abstracts and isolates the town square. Casting particular characters in mid-gesture, Anderson suspends the action of a community: a waitress, a stork, a children’s orchestra, a teacher, an entertainer, a pedestrian, a teen actress, a public sculpture, a designer, a historian, and an escaped panther—each carries out their role despite the other as fragments of a larger network.

Sam Anderson: The Park is curated by SculptureCenter Curator Ruba Katrib and is accompanied by a color publication produced on the occasion of Anderson’s solo exhibitions at SculptureCenter and at Kölnischer Kunstverein opening in summer. The book, Anderson’s first monograph, is co-published by SculptureCenter, Kölnischer Kunstverein, and Mousse Publishing. Featuring essays by Ruba Katrib, Moritz Wesseler, and an interview with the artist by Lia Gangitano. The Sam Anderson: The Park exhibition publication is made possible by Chapter NY, Tanya Leighton Gallery, and mother’s tankstation limited.

Sam Anderson was born 1982 in Los Angeles. She lives and works in New York, and received her MFA from Yale University in 2010. Notable exhibitions include Endless Love, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2015); Talley’s Folly, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin (2015); The Mound Builders, Off Vendome, Düsseldorf (2014); and Flowers and Money, Chapter NY, New York City (2013). Recently, Anderson was included in Robert Bordo, Sam Anderson with Michel Auder, Bortolami, New York (2016); and Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2015). In 2013, Anderson presented a solo project as part of SculptureCenter’s Now Showing series. She has an upcoming solo show at Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, Germany.


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