For Immediate Release:
Noel W. Anderson: Studies for a Blak Origin Moment
ON VIEW February 23, 2017 – March 25, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio- Miller Gallery is pleased to announce Studies for a Blak Origin Moment, a solo exhibition featuring new work by Noel W. Anderson. The show is composed of a comprehensive collection of studies and smaller works used to create Anderson’s solo exhibition, currently on view at the Contemporary Arts Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio. An opening reception with the artist will be held at Miller Gallery from 6pm-8pm on February 23, 2017.
The gallery exhibition is an augmentation to the thoughts, images, and critical moves represented in his simultaneous CAC show. This show is composed of works used in Anderson’s process to examine the historical and contemporary role of visual culture in developing black masculine identities. Anderson uses a provocative voice to convey messages and ask questions about politics, race and gender. His work creates a direct correlation between art, activism and education.
The selected work encompasses several mediums that the artist explores; paper and textile. Through his own exploration and experimentation, Anderson uses various articles and advertisements taken from Ebony Magazine and alters them by erasure and chemical means. These smaller pieces are distorted to create fluid, more abstract figures from within the original imagery. Larger pieces in the exhibition include a series of woven photographic tapestries that have been deconstructed through means of ripping and sanding, creating hazy and abstracted imagery. These textile pieces are stretched and incorporate symbolic, three-dimensional natural elements, such as pigeon feet and bird wings.
“Through visual and conceptual vocabularies of weaving and reproduction, I am afforded a space in which to examine and critique the framing of representations of black masculinity. The studio is a site for art-based inquiry through which critical interrogation of traditional and contemporary modes of contouring black masculine identities is addressed. Repeated throughout my work I simultaneously address race, gender, and class, and how these appositional forces weave through and inform each other.” –Noel Anderson
Noel W. Anderson is an Assistant Professor at NYU’s Art and Art Professions Department in Print Media. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University in Printmaking, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in Sculpture. Anderson was recently included in the Studio Museum of Harlem’s exhibition Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art, which included an internationally published book. He held an appointment as a Visiting Lecturer at Vanderbilt University, and was also a recent Visiting Artist and Lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France.