Sun / 6 December 2015

Meet Reed Anderson

The team at Jasper recently got a chance to interview artist, Reed Anderson, an artist who draws from a background of printmaking, popular culture and painting.  The heart of his current body of work uses large pieces of intricately cut paper as a stencil, which is folded and painted upon itself multiple times to create an image. Paper that has been cut out of these drawings are further embellished and collaged into the larger drawing, while smaller artworks arise from detritus printed elsewhere while working. This growing organic mass, with interconnections and offsprings, is both a map of how he works and the product of the work itself.

Discover Heavy Metal Jasper Rhapsody, 2015 – a Reed Anderson original at Jasper that measures 92 x 77 inches, made of acrylic and collage on paper.

Describe the moment you knew you would become an artist:

I grew up around a lot of art, artists and art world stuff, so the idea of making a life as an artist wasn’t foreign to me …it even seemed kind of normal. I had been drawing comics feverishly with my New York City friends in school for a long time, and at age 10 we moved to Buffalo…it was then I started becoming more serious about art through animations I was making with a super 8 camera.

Your tumblr and Instagram channels are wildly beautiful. Has social media been an asset to your career?

Yes, I have had interviews, sales and shows through social media.

Most importantly, I use social media to have a dialogue with artists in countries I know nothing about like Iran, Russia and others. Great art is happening all over, and the meta-view of social media allows us to view common aesthetic threads that link us and speak about them.

Describe the inspiration for your work at Jasper:

The title came from rediscovering the 1981 soundtrack to Heavy Metal, something that played on repeat while I made the piece. The work itself was born from another earlier painting called Nuppet Tree, for E.C. (E.C. being Enrique Chagoya, who was one of my MFA professors at Stanford).

Your intricate paper cut-outs, collages and “Sticker” work is almost architectural in itself with layered shapes and depth.  What architecture speaks most to you and your aesthetic?

The architecture that speaks most to me is the architecture that comes out of spontaneous play… the innate structures that make up the forts and set-ups we create as children and, if we are lucky, continue to make as adults. When I am in the studio and really “in it”, it’s like that. After that, I like the Eames home, by Eames & Saarinen, for its ability to maintain both warmth and modernism.

Name 4 artists you’d most like to collaborate with on a project:

Tal R

Chris Ofili

Chris Martin

Francis Picabia (back from the dead)

Where might someone look to purchase one of your pieces of work for a residence interior?

Gallery 16, here in San Francisco, and Pierogi Gallery in NYC.

Describe any current or upcoming exhibits you have on the West Coast:

Currently I am working on a choir piece called Everybody’s Problems Sings My Song, for the East Coast that may travel West …and always painting.

Just for Fun

If I could only work in 1 color it’d be: Sumi Ink

Best advice anyone ever gave me: Don’t live in the ruins of your future.

Favorite spot on West Coast: North of SF in the country…

3 words I’d use to describe Jasper: Invite me there.

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