From tattered old rugs to mechanically-produced tapestries, Anderson embeds a spectrum of fibers with found images and physical usage just long enough to fray their edges and challenge their legibility.
Working with a team of weavers, Anderson appropriates, manipulates, and weaves images into a series of tapestries. Upon completion, he labors over each thread, distressing, dyeing, and collaging the weavings. Anderson suspends a number of mediums evident in his works including, photography, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The masking of these mediums alludes to historical subjugation of black bodies, as well as Anderson’s treatment of subjects, found images, and meaning. Distressing and dyes are techniques employed to further complicate the viewing experience. In some instances, images blur as the tapestry fibers optically blend from distressing. In other cases, images dissolve and emerge from fields of ambient color.
The exhibited works attempt to locate an elusive black essence by way of images which, for Anderson, “evoke moments where racial recognition is heightened,” but resolution is deferred. Anderson highlights a contingent state of identity, the plurality of “blackness,” and encounters that are as poignant as they are partial.”
Noel W. Anderson (b. 1981, Louisville, Kentucky) is based in Harlem and works primarily with printmaking and French weaving. He received an MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking, and an MFA from Yale University in Sculpture. He is also Area Head of Printmaking in New York University’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. He is currently in residence at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Noel has been awarded the NYFA artist fellowship grant (Interdisciplinary, 2018), the prestigious Jerome Camargo Prize, and the paper making residency at Dieu Donné. His solo monographic exhibition Blak Origin Moment debuted at the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati) in February 2017 and traveled to the Hunter Museum of American Art (Chattanooga) in October 2019. In 2021, Noel W. Anderson presented Heavy is the Crown at the Telfair Museum (Savannah, GA) and It’s Magic at Fondazione Mudima (Milan, Italy). His upcoming institutional museum show is KMAC (Louisville, KY) in fall 2022. His work is included in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Hunter Museum of American Art. Noel W. Anderson is represented by Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery. His next solo show at the gallery will be in May 2022.
Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to announce TRANSMISSION, a group exhibition of paintings by Noel W. Anderson, Derek Fordjour, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, Wangechi Mutu and Jeff Sonhouse.Exhibition May 23 - June 22, 2019
Preview on Thursday 23rd November, 2017 from 6pm, in presence of the artistExhibition November 24, 2017 - January 6, 2018
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Catalogue of the exhibition It's Magic by Noel W. Anderson at Fondazione Mudima.
Catalogue of the group exhibition "TRANSMISS ION" with works by Noel Anderson, Derek Fordjour, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, Wangechi Mutu and Jeff Sonhouse.(May 23 - June 22, 2019)
Noel W. Anderson: Heavy is the Crown at Telfair Museums I 1 Oct, 2021 – 17 Jan, 2022