Mitchell Anderson

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Mitchell Anderson uses existing objects and imagery in a body of work that explores contemporary and historical contradictions, humor and tragedies of existence. In a broad multi-media practice Anderson presents contemplative objects of collective hope and failure and questions the narrative capabilities and codes of the visual and physical.

This body of work explores the layering of content and medium with the ancient technique of encaustic - a paint made from pigment mixed with melted beeswax and resin and after application fixed by heat. Thought of as a monochrome but also as sculpture, each of the paintings reflects on the possibilities of the technique and displays motif in more or less abstract ways.

The motif of the rose has been recurring in art history especially in vanitas paintings, but it has also taken on many symbols beyond love, such as the Socialist French party using it as its logo. Exploring the idea of generosi ...

  • Installation view, Lose enden, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland, 2021
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Detail, Rosebud (La Fête du Travail), 2021
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Detail, Rosebud (La Fête du Génie), 2021
  • Jasper Johns, “Target with Plaster Casts”, 1955, encaustic and collage
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  • Installation view, Partial Gift, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, 2020
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