Biography

Steven L. Anderson’s work is about the power of Nature, and the nature of power. His artistic practice attempts to view the systems of the natural world from the perspective of a plant or a tree—hoping to bring a whole new way of seeing the world, which can open up new ways of seeing our human systems.

 

Alone and collaboratively, and across several media, Anderson engages in projects that use this shaman-like empathy with nature to perceive, identify, and work with the energy flows that surround us. Many of these “energy strategies” are manifested in the studio, artworks which function as tools for activating energy in individuals and communities.

 

Anderson’s artistic goal is “to make images, things, spaces, and situations that fuse the exhilaration of the human spirit with the ferocious beauty of Nature to make a palpable, tingling essence.”

 

Anderson received a BA in media theory from the University of Michigan, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in painting, printmaking and graphic design. He is currently employed by Emory University in Atlanta as Senior Graphic Designer for the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

 

A founding member of artist-run gallery Day & Night Projects, Anderson is a recipient of the first annual TAR Project Therapeutic Artist Residency in 2016. He has been a Studio Artist at the Atlanta Contemporary (2013–16), a 2015 Hambidge Center Distinguished Fellow, and a 2014–15 Walthall Artist Fellow. A collection of Anderson’s notebooks spanning twenty years belongs to the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. He has exhibited in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago.

 

 

 

Cirriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

1998  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL   Bachelor of Fine Arts—Painting, Graphic Design and Printmaking

1993  University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science and Arts, Ann Arbor, MI   Bachelor of Arts—Communication Theory

 

AWARDS/Residencies

2016  TAR Therapeutic Artist Residency, Atlanta, GA

2015  Distinguished Fellow, Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, Atlanta, GA

2014  2014–15 Walthall Artist Fellowship, Atlanta, GA

2013-16  Studio Artists Program, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

2011  Artist-in-Residence, Joshua Tree National Park

2000  Print Magazine Regional Design Award, for Cakewalk Magazine, Midwest finalist

 

Solo and 2-person EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2016  Studio Artist Wall, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

2014  “Leaves of Grass,” {Poem 88}, Atlanta, GA (2-person show with Susan Hable Smith)

2013  “Energy Strategies,” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

              “Power Plant,” Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2011  “An Evening of Natural and Artificial Sounds,” Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree, CA

2009  “We Grow by Searching,” Moorpark College Gallery, Moorpark, CA

2008  “The Dignity of Living Beings: Steven L. Anderson, a Solo Show,” Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA

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Group EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2017  Upcoming: “TAR Project Exhibition,” Day & Night Projects, Atlanta, GA

                Upcoming: “The Voice Never Sleeps,” SOUP Experimental, Tallahassee, FL

2016  “From Little Things, Big Things Grow,” Southwest Arts Center, Fulton County, GA

               “Color ATL Exhibition,” Ponce City Market Gallery, Atlanta, GA

               “The Voice Never Sleeps,” Day & Night Projects, Atlanta, GA

               “Hot Combos,” Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

               “Roger, Roger. What’s Our Vector, Victor?,” Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA

               “Pitchtree, Peachtree, Nickel Bottom, too,” {Poem 88}, Atlanta, GA (featured performance in Meredith Kooi’s solo show)

              “Felt Book Exhibition," Institute for New Feeling, Los Angeles, CA

              “The New South,” Kai Lin ArtAtlanta, GA

              “I FUCKING L*** YOU TOO,” Kibbee GalleryAtlanta, GA

              “Selections from the Studio Artists Program,” Atlanta Contemporary,  Atlanta, GA

2015  “Little Things Mean A Lot,” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

              “J1,” ATHICA, Athens, GA (juried by Michael Rooks)

              “Portalism,” Walthall Artist Fellowship group show, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA

              “Gathered: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists,” MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA

2014  “B & W” {Poem 88}, Atlanta, GA

              “Little Things Mean A Lot,” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

              “Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition,” 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms, CA

              “Exqusite Exhibit,” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (a collaboration with Mark Leibert and Craig Dongoski)

              “Monotonic Surfaces,” apexart, New York, NY (collaborative performance with Karl Erickson)

              “Veneralia: Enlighten,” Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2013  “Word!,” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center at the Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA

              “Leap Year Applicant Exhibition,” Mint, Atlanta, GA

2012  “Perpetual Art Machine Video Mixer” Kill Your Idol, Miami Beach, FL

              “Mark di Suvero’s Artists’ Tower of Protest,” West Hollywood, CA

              “Transmission LA: AV Club,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (with KCHUNG Radio, 1630AM, in Public Fiction’s The Club)

              “KCHUNG @ Ooga Booga,” KCHUNG Radio, 1630AM, Los Angeles, CA

              “Water Week,” Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

              “Mystical Pilgrimage,” Xhurch, Portland, OR (a collaboration with Signify, Sanctify, Believe)

2011  “Signify, Sanctify, Believe,” The Free Church of Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA (as Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc., a collaboration with Tom McKenzie)

              “The Library of Sacred Technologies,” The Free Church of Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA

              “House Blessing,” Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY (as Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc.)

2010  “TBA Video Show,” Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (as Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc.)

              “The Eternal Telethon: Infinity + 24,” Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA (as Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc.)

              “Monster Drawing Rally,” Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

              “Driven by What’s Inside,” Side Street Projects, Pasadena, CA (as Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc., in collaboration with Elana Mann)

              “A Hammer Dream-In,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (as Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc.)

              “An artSpa Energy Assessment of the Hammer,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (as Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc.)

              “Actions, Conversations & Intersections,” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009  “Black & White,” Bughouse, Los Angeles, CA

              “The Abstract Truth,” Roark, Los Angeles, CA

2008  “Exchange Rate: 2008/Conventions & Attitudes,” Remy’s on Temple, Los Angeles, CA

              “Habeas Lounge/Conventions & Attitudes,” City University of New York, New York, NY

              “Sea and Space Resort,” Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA

2008  “Intersection 2008,” Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock/Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

              “My Footnote to David Askevold,” Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (as Fat Farmer Bob and his Colourful Crazy Beard)

              “Household Revisited: Peaceniks, Treehuggers and other Believers—a reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s ‘Household’ (1964/2008),” MOCA, organized by Robby Herbst and presented by Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

              “Video Open Mic,” Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (as Fuz Fon, a collaboration with Jonathan Mead-Crenshaw)

2007  “Monster Drawing Rally,” Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

              “Picnic Apparitions,” Park Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2006  “Street Signs and Solar Ovens: Socialcraft in Los Angeles,” Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

              “The Fairy Ring Happening for Peace,” Los Angeles, CA

              “Civic Matters,” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (collaboration with The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest)

2005  “Post-Postcard 2005,” Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (collaboration with Karl Erickson)

              “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

2004  “VERSION>04: invisibleNetworks,” Buddy, Chicago, IL

              “My Secret Valentine,” icespace, Los Angeles, CA

              “Three Day Extravaganza,” Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

2003  “Department of Space and Land Reclamation – West,” Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery, San Francisco, CA

              “Becoming Series,” Acorn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002  “The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Benefit Auction,” C-Level, Los Angeles, CA

2001  “Department of Space and Land Reclamation,” The Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL (as Fuz Fon)

              “The Outer Space Show,” WLUW Radio, 88.7FM, Chicago, IL (as Fuz Fon)

2000  “Multiples 4,” Bodybuilder & Sportsman, Chicago, IL (as Fuz Fon)

              “Future Home of Luxury,” 1452 Vacant Lot, Chicago, IL

              “Video Artists,” Sixspace Gallery, Chicago, IL (as Fuz Fon)

              “Cakewalk Magazine Release Party,” Arena Gallery, Chicago, IL (as Fuz Fon)

              “Wish You Were Here,” Embassy Suites, Chicago, IL (as Fuz Fon)

              “Bookmarks 8,” NIU Gallery, Chicago, IL

              “Counter Productive Industries,” 1926 Space, Chicago, IL (as Fuz Fon)

              “Something Else,” WLUW Radio, 88.7FM, Chicago, IL (as Fuz Fon)

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CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2008  “Artists At War,” www.artists-at-war.com (a collaboration with Tom McKenzie)

2007  “Picnic Apparitions,” Park Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2006  “The Fairy Ring Happening for Peace,” Los Angeles, CA

2004  “October Surprise: Creative Interventions and Underground Politics in Northeast Los Angeles,” Acorn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000  “Future Home of Luxury,” 1452 Vacant Lot, Chicago, IL

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PUBLISHED WORKS

2017 "The Voice Never Sleeps," fLoromancy, (floromancy.org/submit/2017/1/4/the-voice-never-sleeps)

2014  “UnmonumentATL: Edward J. Snowden Park,” BurnAway (burnaway.org/feature/steven-anderson)

2011  “High Desert Peace Pipe,” High Desert Test Sites 2011 Catalog (a collaboration with Llano del Rio Collective)

2010  “I Will Absorb this World,” Candy Dinner Records

2005  “Gaye Agenda 2005,” The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest #4

2004  Cakewalk Magazine issue 6 (Co-Publisher)

2003  Cakewalk Magazine issue 5 (Co-Publisher)

2001  “The Garden,” Bridge Magazine #3 (as Fuz Fon)

              “Voice Trail,” Sonicate Records (as Fuz Fon)

2000  Cakewalk Magazine issue 4 (Co-Publisher)

1999  Cakewalk Magazine issues 2 and 3 (Co-Publisher)

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Press

2016 "Winter Is Coming: The Art World Responds to Trump," BURNAWAY (burnaway.org/feature/winter-coming-art-world-responds-trump)

2015 “Spaces: Atlanta Contemporary Studio Program” BURNAWAY (burnaway.org/feature/atlanta-contemporary)

              “Review: WonderRoot’s Walthall fellows emphasize live encounters in ‘Portalism’ at MOCA GA” ArtsATL  (artsatl.com/review-portalism-wonderroot-walthall)

2014  “Meditating on Nature: Steven L. Anderson & Susan Hable Smith at {Poem 88},” BURNAWAY (burnaway.org/review/fractal-formations-steven-l-anderson-susan-hable-smith-poem88-2)

             “Review: Steven L. Anderson, Susan Hable Smith celebrate nature to very different effects, at Poem 88” ArtsATL (artsatl.com/2014/09/leaves-grass-poem-88)

              “ ‘Exquisite Exhibit’: An Exercise in Collaboration at ACAC,” BURNAWAY (burnaway.org/feature/exquisite-exhibit-exercise-collaboration-acac-5)

              “Review: Lively “exquisite corpses” in paint, video and sculpture from the Contemporary’s studio artists,” ArtsATL (artsatl.com/2014/09/review-exquisite-exhibit-atlanta-contemporary-art)

              “Review: Steven L. Anderson, Susan Hable Smith celebrate nature to very different effects, at Poem 88,” ArtsATL (artsatl.com/2014/09/leaves-grass-poem-88)

              “Artist Steven L. Anderson is One with the Trees,” Hableland (hableland.com/steven-l-anderson/4585804375)

2013  “Relational Practices: Stuart Horodner and Rachel Reese on Fallen Fruit of Atlanta and Energy Strategies,” Standard Means@Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (atlantacontemporary.blogspot.com/2013/11/relational-practices-stuart-horodner.html)

              “Highlight: Steven L. Anderson’s Energy Strategies,” Tha Shade (thashade.com/2013/11/07/highlight-steven-l-andersons-energy-strategies)

              “Power Power Come Give Me Some: Studio Visit With Steven L. Anderson,” BURNAWAY / Bomb Magazine (burnaway.org/interview/power-power-come-give-me-some-studio-visit-with-steven-l-anderson)

2010  “Actions, Conversations & Intersections,” exhibition catalog, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

2008  “Antiwar Surveys: Artists At War,” The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest #6

2007  “A Fairy Ring Happening for Peace Calls on Muses,” by Tom McKenzie, The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest #5

2004  “Art Events Sweep Northeast L.A.,” by Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, pg. B3, October 10, 2004

              “October Surprise: Creative Interventions & Underground Politics in NE LA,” by Cara Baldwin, Arroyo Arts Collective Newsletter, Sept./Oct. 2004

2001  “Music Reviews,” Lumpen #83

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