Tanya Leighton is proud to present Altered Future, a selection of new paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the gallery’s programme. Our present reality has taken a counterfactual turn. We are made unavoidably aware that the course of world events can be unexpectedly diverted, and that even apparently singular events are differently experienced by communities and consciousnesses. In Altered Future, intergenerational artistic voices reflect upon fragility, daring to imagine new landscapes of labour, desire, identity and community. The artworks are contextualised and elaborated through short videos and commissioned texts by art historians and critics including Shiva Balaghi, Sonja-Maria Borstner and Sabrina Tarasoff.
Sam Anderson fixates on the tropes of storytelling, digging into them to the point of abstraction. In the various relationships sketched, the central characters and actions are absent, replaced by more specific fragments and cues. Like a fading memory, only certain figures and details remain.
–Ruba Katrib Curator, MoMA PS1
I see my sculptures as placeholders for both existential and tragic figures, like Prometheus or Hamlet. Conversely, I use materials that ground identifiers in reality. Fragile objects, simple colours, and familiar textures bring my work to earth. We’re looking at propositions and prototypes in place of narrative drama.
Sam Anderson (born in 1982 in Los Angeles, California) lives and works in New York. Anderson completed her BFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2008 and received her MFA from Yale University in 2010.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘I Never Loved Your Mind’ at Tanya Leighton, Berlin in 2020; ‘Contemporary Sculpture: Sam Anderson & Michael Dean’ at Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida in 2019; ‘Big Bird’ at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, and ‘The Park’ at SculptureCenter, New York, both in 2017. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at Mother Culture, Berlin; Kai Matsumiya, New York; Clima Gallery, Milan; Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen, Donaueschingen, Germany; MoMA PS1, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, among others.
A book of Anderson's drawings was published by Hassla Books in May 2021.