The Art of Larry Jens Anderson

"Being an artist has always been akin to being a magician. I make things appear where there was emptiness (i.e. blank paper). The subjects vary but the concept of pulling things out of the void remains the same. In this body of work I directly apply the concept of the rabbit and the hat plus drawings and paintings of the magician. Life is full of those who appear and disappear as to who they are. A businessman becomes a Klan member becomes a dunce. A feather is decorative and its delicacy becomes a knife blade. The magic of illusion on the picture plane is endless and exist as a depiction of varieties of alternative realities. Subjects included also include notations on current events concerning death and politics. These recurring themes are right there; questions calling out for visual commentary."

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Larry Jens Anderson is an Atlanta-based artist with a MVA from Georgia State University. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Southeastern United States and is included in numerous collections including MOCA GA, the Museum of Modern Art’s book collection, and the High Museum. His career has included video, painting, installations, performance, sculpture, and drawing. For over thirty years, Anderson has been a professor of art in colleges in Atlanta and currently teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design. Anderson has also curated numerous group shows across the Southeastern United States and is a founding member and curator of TABOO artist collective.

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