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Chris Anderson: Timepieces

Bellevue Gallery
West Vancouver BC – Dec 6, 2006-Jan 7, 2007

Chris Anderson, History of Square (2006),

Chris Anderson, History of Square (2006), mixed media [Bellevue Gallery, West Vancouver BC, Dec 6-Jan 7, 2007]

Timepieces by American artist Chris Anderson consists of a series of mixed-media paintings on paper. The metaphor for each image is a clock, with a small square signifying the “hand” rotating around the perimeter. Anderson actually sets the time when she begins each piece, then engrosses herself in the process of experimentation with materials, patterns, textures and colour relationships.

The artist writes, “These paintings appear as abstractions at first glance, but they are for me a very real visual diary… Each piece recalls the place in which I made the work, the world outside my studio, the time of day, the light, the sounds, and my own state of mind and heart – both spiritually and emotionally.” At 29.5" x 41.5" each, the paintings would allow extensive compositional detail, but Anderson manages to keep each one simple and streamlined.

Chris Anderson, Small Clocks

Chris Anderson, Small Clocks (2006), mixed media [Bellevue Gallery, West Vancouver BC, Dec 6-Jan 7, 2007]

Anderson currently teaches at the Pratt Institute of Art in New York, where she once studied. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College in Claremont, California and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. From 1996 to 1998, Anderson worked as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Berlin. She has been the recipient of grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists Space, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts (CAPS Grant), and The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright), among many others.

Her work is in the collections of several prestigious American and European museums and galleries. The Timepiece Series is also being shown at the Elaine Baker Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida and the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mia Johnson

 Tue, Nov 7, 2006