STEVEN L ANDERSON
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Steven L. Anderson’s work is about the power of Nature, and the nature of power. Alone and collaboratively, and across several media, Anderson engages in projects that look to nature 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.”
The Tree Rings artworks are a way of growing a drawing: the artist draws circles with markers and pens that closely follow the circle before it, expanding as the rings build and bring the form into existence. Titled after the number of rings/years, these meditations on growth and the passage of time hope to provide a larger context for our lives. Where would our own activities, lifespans, and histories fit into the recordings made in tree rings? These drawings are at once a violent death, a time machine, a hypnotist’s tool, an energy vortex.
Steven L. Anderson is an exhibiting artist and Co-Director of Day & Night Projects—an artist-run gallery in Atlanta that he helped initiate in 2016. Anderson is 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 part of the first annual TAR Project Therapeutic Artist Residency in 2016–17. He 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.
Steven 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 for the last twenty years.