Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to present a show of new oil paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Graham Anderson. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, May 2nd, from 7-9pm at the gallery.
At play in Graham Anderson’s new abstractions is the idea of surface, here represented as a zigzagging, rumpling and elusive pictoral plane. The plane is a color (blue), an application with evident brush strokes of paint, and an object to be played with and manipulated. It is also a prominent player within the frame of the compositions. Existing on the white environment of a blank expanse, the blue surface is folded or rippled with illusory shifts of tone. In some paintings this “surface” extends accordian-like across the white board, in another it is seemingly collapsing under its own weight, or perhaps it has been pushed, exposing its own objecthood.
There is another actor in the compositions, in the form of a gray and white cartoon cat, complete with pink ears. The cat acts in the paintings as a stock icon of a character, with whom an interaction with the surface is possible. This non-individual is both bonded to and separate from the blue swath of the paint; a protagonist in a narrative that perhaps exists simply to define the structure of the surface it rests upon.
Graham Anderson received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2003. He has had two solo shows at Nice and Fit Gallery in Berlin, and has exhibited at small A projects in Portland, Oregon.