"At only 25 years of age Sean Anderson seems to have made it to shore from the sea of lost mid-twenties artist’s searching for their voice, trying to find land amongst the vast turbulent seas that make up the daunting art world. As co-curator/owner of the budding Anderson ART Collective in Carpinteria, CA, he has not only found earthy purchase for his own work, but also throws the occasional life vest to other adrift art souls in his attempt to curate cutting edge exhibitions at the gallery. After organizing the well received ‘Exchange’ the most recent show at AAC, Mr. Anderson is now gearing up for his second solo show at the gallery opening March 12.
Aptly titled Influential Pigment, Anderson continues to play with themes of advertising and commercialism and their influence on daily life. This most recent work searching for bridges that connect America and its 3rd world counterparts and finding mass marketing tools of color theory and fluorescents at the core. With a visceral palette of neon enamel, oils and mixed media, Anderson’s paintings and installations for this show portray simple huts and jungles that seem to clash elegantly with the juggernaut that is American Capitalism.
When first viewed, this most recent body of work exudes a certain, eye-catching ‘you can’t not look at me’ feel with neon greens, oranges and pinks that are inescapable. Almost as if hidden in the jungle, bathing the primitive huts in a fluorescent glow, are neon signs just out of eyes reach urging one to buy, sell or trade at western world pace. Yet, once past the initial impact of color, the content of serene scenes and classic ideals of ‘hut in jungle’, seem to tame the buzz of neons and form the ideas behind Anderson’s newest paintings. Provoking notions as simple and profound as man vs. nature, need vs. greed and insinuating a movement towards an obsequiously homogeneous world-culture, these works not only ask questions, but are unnervingly provocative in their neon hues.
With nods to Katz’s neo-expressionist nature, Ruscha’s mass media commentary and Doig’s dream-like magical realism, Anderson has found his own voice in this new work that bespeaks a need to move forward in art practice and retain honest heart-felt commentary." -BA via SBartsblog
Sean Anderson 'Influential Pigment'
Opening at the Anderson Art Collective March 19th 2011
Reception March 19th 6-9pm