Galerie Richard in Paris is pleased to present “Lovers and Thinkers” by Scott Anderson, his second solo exhibition in France from October 7th to November 8th, 2017. Very few artists get a review from both Artforum and The Los Angeles Times in the same year. Last year he also received a solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Art, and Galerie Richard‘s one man show in Untitled art fair 2016 in Miami was selected by art critic Paul Laster as one of the best booths in Untitled and Nada art fairs.
Scott Anderson's work was described by the art critic David Pagel as "dystopian abstraction":
A dystopia in literature is a style of fiction story which develops into an imaginary society organized in such a way as its members cannot accede to happiness.
The main quality of his most recent paintings is the ambiguity of his representation of the human figure. At first sight, his paintings are mysterious. Gradually we become more familiar with faces and perceive characters which respect no sense of scale or perspective. The source of these figures come from different iconographies of all kinds and all times.
The literary dystopia appears throughout the whole of the exhibition. One enters into a particular world, guided by enigmatic titles such as Zizek Watching Television and 4-Way Dancer which depict society and its characters representing the estranged common man of the modern city. The space is flattened. The composition and the arrangement of color is brilliant. You enter into his world just as one enters into a novel. His paintings reflect on the cultural upheavals of our time. They invite us to contemplate on moments of the present time, the modern city and its mysterious inhabitants.
“His creative process begins with a snippet of memory or a vestigial image lingering in his mind. He works intuitively to excavate something new and transformative from the memory. This process leads to paintings reminiscent both of surrealist dreamscapes, American Regionalism, modernist influences and with their own unique language.”*
Scott Anderson (b. 1973, Urbana, IL) received his BFA from Kansas State University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he attended Skowhegn School of Painting and Sculpture. Anderson had recently a solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and has participated in exhibitions at MCA Chicago, the Parrish Art Museum, The Warhol Museum, the Cranbrook Art Museum.
His works have been featured in numerous publications including Artforum, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and New American Paintings. Anderson was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and The William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Anderson currently lives and works in New Mexico and is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts.
*"Dystopian Abstraction" ArtPulse, 2017, http://artpulsemagazine.com/dystopian-abstraction