Evansville artist's work featured at cultural center

A piece by Brett Anderson, an Evansville artist whose work is featured at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center in Jasper during May and June.

By Herald Staff

JASPER — Jasper Community Arts is presenting the artwork of Evansville artist Brett Anderson for the months of May and June at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center.

“Like many others, I’m striving to anchor myself within the cacophony of popular American culture," Anderson said. "As much as I’m addicted to 21st century conveniences, I have a curmudgeon’s distrust for touch-screen technologies, the 24-hour news cycle, and throwaway consumerism. I live with a superabundance of leisure activities, entertainment options, and empty calories when compared to most generations of human beings that have come before me. I question if any of these gifts make me a more fortunate person."

Anderson works primarily with the antiquated processes of relief printmaking; ways of working that have a closer affinity to catapult construction instead of anything requiring a two-prong outlet. Drawing is central to Anderson’s way of thinking as an artist.

“For me, engraving and carving are an honest extension of drawing," he said, adding that he sees "the use of color in the work as both a joyful formal exercise and saccharine flavoring to make the content more palatable."

“Satire is an important element in my work, and the people most examined in its scrutiny are others like me, those with a saturated exposure to Saturday morning cartoons, that binge watch Sci-Fi, and mash buttons on game consoles," Anderson said. "An interest in narrative allegory and mythic archetypes must compete with vernacular memes and cheesy clichés. Without trying to become too didactic, I hope the works strike a balance between the visually alluring and the morally ugly; popular culture and the highfalutin; the sacred and the profane.”

Anderson is an assistant professor of printmaking at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. He grew up in central Missouri, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri in 1999. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota in 2002.

The galleries at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, located at 100 Third Ave., Suite A, Jasper, are open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. School groups, clubs and students are welcome. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

For more information, call 812-482-3070. Jasper Community Arts is a department of the City of Jasper. JCA is supported in part by Friends of the Arts, Inc., the Indiana Arts Commission, The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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