From November 30, 2012 through January 19, 2013, I had a major exhibition of my artwork that was completed during the period 2006 – 2012. The show, at the Burlington City Arts Center Gallery, was titled, “John Anderson Drawings: 2006 – 2012 Constructed Conceptual.”
The “Constructed” in the title refers to my process of drawing in three dimensions; much of the work was semi-sculptural in form, the paper shaped and manipulated to create its own world of lines and edges. Often, graphite was applied almost like paint, creating a new surface material helping to construct the drawing. “Constructed” also relates more subtly to my years as an architect making drawings for constructed buildings, and also to my interest in making three dimensional architectural space with large scale mural drawing. Some of this work can be seen in the Kelliher Samets Volk murals in Burlington and the “Skygate” murals at the Burlington International Airport.
“Conceptual” refers to the ideas and concepts, the back-story behind some of the drawings that, to me, are an important, if hidden, aspect of the work. For example, in the “Chance Drawings” random methods such as throwing dice and flipping coins determined the type and placement of line and color in much of the final drawing, and this in turn referred to my interest and readings in theoretical physics—always a source of ideas for my artwork. As mentioned above, I have a conceptual interest in exploring three-dimensional drawing and the nature of the line as it emerges in that context.
The show included:
- 7 “Grasslands” drawings
- 4 “Road Stripe” drawings
- 141 “Paper Studies”
- 8 “Chance Paper Studies”
- 6 “Chance Drawings”
- and the singular “Big Yellow”
Follow the links above to see more of the artwork. Photos of the gallery are displayed below.