What happens when you upend an image? Applying this very simple question to an image of NBA Hall of Famer or NBA great players dribbling a ball, revealed their shadows as a reflection. Noel W. Anderson is thinking about this shadow the way author Ralph Ellison in Invisible Man and theorist Franz Fanon discuss the non-being of black people’s being like a shadow. This work is about realizing a certain kind of spiritual, supernatural, magical power of black male subjects and bodies through the process of inversion.
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 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 participated to the 12th Berlin Biennale from 11 June until 18 September 2022. His current institutional museum show is at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts (KMAC) until January 2023. Noel W. Anderson is represented by Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery and will present his first solo exhibition in Dubai in January 2023.
Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of American artist Noel W. Anderson at the gallery in Luxembourg.Exhibition LUXEMBOURG 11 June - 28 July 2022
Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to present the inauguration group show of its new Dubai gallery with works by Noel W. Anderson, Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, Louis Granet, Yashua Klos, YoYo Lander, John Madu, Mustafa Maluka, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Jayson Scott Musson, Eniwaye Oluwaseyi, Jeff Sonhouse, Summer Wheat and Thomas Zitzwitz.Exhibition Dubai 8 March - 23 April 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 Luxembourg 23 May - 22 June 2019
Zidoun-bossuyt Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Noel W. Anderson. Preview on Thursday 23rd November, 2017 from 6pm, in presence of the artistExhibition Luxembourg 24 November 2017 - 6 January 2018
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Catalogue of the exhibition It's Magic by Noel W. Anderson at Fondazione Mudima.December 2021
Catalogue of the group exhibition "TRANSMISS ION" with works by Noel Anderson, Derek Fordjour, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, Wangechi Mutu and Jeff Sonhouse.June 2019