kirby andersen

Collage

  • March 22, 2019
Collage

For the record, a survey of my early collages, and their evolution till today. The paper ones were made and exhibited in Tokyo, LA, Toronto. The series (style) began in 1987. The concept came fully-formed in a daydream while sitting at Shinjuku station: slice images to strip them to their core information, and then interleave the images to compress them into dense meanings. It also enabled works using disparate material and juxtapostions of ideas to visually cohere. I have always described these as having a visual rhyme scheme, A/B/A/B/C/C.   Poetry, music, and DNA. Most carefully composed,...

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IOTA, Art collector, K.I.A.

  • March 6, 2019
IOTA, Art collector, K.I.A.

IOTA is a distributed painting. It is a single large artwork to exist in many different locations in 30 parts. It is a decentralized painting. Each individual work (24 x 18") exists as a standalone piece, but is connected to all others via horizontal, vertical, non-linear and color elements. Each piece however, is uniquely folded (its creases like a fingerprint), utterly unique within the collective. When a single section is on the wall, one knows it is connected  something much bigger than one sees, connected globally to others across countries, cultures, class, religions, time. (Metaphor!) The...

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Dangerous Sculpture

  • February 22, 2019
Dangerous Sculpture

A dangerous sculpture, a reverse St. Sebastian, a psychedelic sea urchin: (Stay tuned for the large wall version)

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Snow Collage IV – Ash, Snow, Bulrush, Wind

  • January 7, 2019
Snow Collage IV – Ash, Snow, Bulrush, Wind

Composed from ash and wind on snow (a charcoalotype?), an ephemeral outdoor installation, an annual tradition. This one is about 15' diameter. (Previous ones, 30', here, and here, and some snow graffiti here.) 8 hours + to make; 8 minutes to disappear (it rained shortly after completion). Gone like the year. Indoor version in the works:  ash or graphite on sand, larger in scale and longer lived. (Prints available).         Other works in this series: And earlier:

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insider studio view

  • November 27, 2018
insider studio view

Studio views, new works, developing works, see below for some images, (fast glance video at bottom): -CRISPR installation, first time on wall (about half of it); web work (painting as drawing as sculpture as installation that connects rooms and floors, view on two sides of wall); 1/10 of recombinant cement painting/installation, as tower; -IOTA, decentralized painting (floor, table, wall) to exist as single work across large geographical area; iota sculpture (painting in 1000 parts) 2 views; -40+ works on paper, two walls -a few from the CRISPR paintings, series of spliced works -two smaller...

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Shred, splice, destroy, create

  • October 25, 2018
Shred, splice, destroy, create

Inception paintings, paintings inside paintings. Many works made using found wind and sourced items across many specific locations and climates, destroyed and spliced together to make a single hybrid work. New work in the ongoing CRISPR series, which are a compression of time and space, experience and place, more on that HERE. Cyanotype series, 21st and 19th century concepts spliced together... and so on....    

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distributed sculpture, decentralized installation

  • July 3, 2018
distributed sculpture, decentralized installation

The decentralized sculpture / distributed painting idea extended outdoors; hi concept - lo materials, geotagged  by site-specific materials. Many discrete units -- ideally to be thousands -- comprising a larger volumetric painting (sculpture).  Below to be scaled up x 100. Monolith, column, detritus, array, line... developing. Various iterations below, some digital rendering of larger scale versions, then below that some images of CRISPR SCULPTR, a larger distributed sculpture, both real world and mocked up versions.   CRISPR SCULPTR a recombinant...

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Artitechture

  • February 14, 2018
Artitechture

This work is a 12' high ephemeral architectonic palimpsest, a crystalline tornado poem, an optically shifting spaceship skyscraper, a bas-relief diagonal tower of babel. Future iterations will be even bigger -- 30' high or long (on the ground), painting as monumental architecture. (And art as physical & mental challenge -- ephemeral does not equal effortless.  Art as intense sport, as Sisyphean marathon.) As it is done directly on the wall, it can only be experienced in one location. And as all walls eventually come down, it's lo-fi high beauty that can only be experienced for a moment...

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chromed ice – winterwerk

  • December 31, 2017
chromed ice – winterwerk

found materials, lost art; ephemeral sculpture. seasonal outdoor installation series. see last year's snow collage here. and another:  

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International Art Residency

  • August 6, 2017
International Art Residency

  UPDATED: IMAGES ADDED I'm doing an artist residency at the Banff Centre fall 2017. (Artists, curators, critics, writers etc. from all around the world attend the Center to develop their work). I'm going to be doing the first stage of an infinite sculpture that is also a painting. That is also an installation. That is also an organism, a time crystal, a node, a mob, music, and a virus. A sculpture that is a function. This first stage will be ambitiously big, but it will grow even larger in scale as subsequent parts are made over time in other international settings or residencies....

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