Sam Anderson, Maestro, 2020

Concrete, acrylic, flocking, 71.1×33×35.6 cm, 28×13×14 in, Unique

Sam Anderson

I Never Loved Your Mind

1 February – 7 March 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Sam Anderson, Imagination, 2020

Cast resin, epoxy, paint, 78.7×27.9×50.8 cm, 31×11×20 in, Unique

Press release

Sam Anderson

I Never Loved Your Mind

1 February – 7 March 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Tanya Leighton is pleased to present ‘I Never Loved Your Mind’, an exhibition by American artist Sam Anderson. This is Anderson’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Sam Anderson’s sculptures resemble prototypes, directly expressed and emptied of unnecessary detail that might over-define their meanings. The show’s title implies a potential, singular narrative, yet Anderson privileges a plurality in which no one protagonist drives the plot. Objects and ideas are collected and arranged in spite of their differences in materiality and characterisation.

Sculptures with titles such as ‘Imagination’ and ‘Opportunists’ illustrate these hard to depict concepts. They do not narrativise them, aiming rather to define them visually. The faceless figures strung together in ‘Opportunists’ move backward and forward, both entering and exiting an open door frame. Likewise, the features of the two sandwich-board men, who serve as the emblem for ‘Imagination’ are so rounded that it is easy to confuse which direction they face. A negotiation takes place between determinate and indeterminate elements. The implication of language paired with minimal gesture creates an evocative psychological space wherein the audience fills in the finer details.

The works include found objects alongside traditional sculptural materials like cast resin and clay. Much like their hand-sculpted counterparts, these found items are at once specific and open-ended. Anderson picks up and turns over colloquialisms and commonplaces complicating their underlying functions. She takes up, for example, the trope of the virtuoso—the archetype of technical mastery, egotism and strategic thinking. There is ‘Maestro’ with a weighty baton—awash with emotion—both tortured and ecstatic, vain and insecure. A critic in a theatre box appears without his usual partner (‘Affair’). ‘Husband’ plays the role of a sought-after prize, strutting to or from work with a briefcase tucked under his arm. Popeye the Sailor—the quintessential strongman—stands atop a curved escalator, shaky in his increasing age, his virile years long behind him. On the other hand, ‘Showgirl’—an assemblage of a silver cup, feathers, and a bullfrog skeleton—points to a disappearing profession that demands virtuosic forms of athleticism and emotional labour.

Traditionally, virtuosity honours specificity and Anderson’s multifaceted approach wilfully avoids definition. Foraging through iconography of the past and present, selecting and rigorously assembling, Anderson examines how perception influences desire and vice versa. ‘I Never Loved Your Mind’ reflects our deceptions and anxieties, our moments of opportunism, pursuits of and reactions to power, and the contours of our interiority. The psychological and interpersonal dramas alluded to in Anderson’s sculptures are universal—not her own, but everybody’s.

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Sam Anderson

I Never Loved Your Mind

1 February – 7 March 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Sam Anderson, Curved Escalator with Popeye, 2020

Cast resin, 3D print, epoxy, paint, 25.4×17.8×12.7 cm, 10×7×5 in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Curved Escalator with Popeye, 2020

Cast resin, 3D print, epoxy, paint, 25.4×17.8×12.7 cm, 10×7×5 in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Opportunists, 2020

Cast clear resin, light box, 17.8×30.5×5.1 cm, 7×12×2 in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Opportunists, 2020

Cast clear resin, light box, 17.8×30.5×5.1 cm, 7×12×2 in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Husband, 2019

Cast clear resin, light box, 41.9×66×24.1 cm, 16½×26×9½ in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Husband, 2019

Cast clear resin, light box, 41.9×66×24.1 cm, 16½×26×9½ in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Showgirl, 2019

Metal cup, frog skeleton, feathers, 15.2×17.8×17.8 cm, 6×7×7 in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Sorry I Made You Cry, 2020

Chenille, velvet, cast resin, EVA foam, found objects, 6×63.5×33.5 cm, 2¼×25×13¼in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Earth Angel, 2020

Crushed velour, ribbed velour, sand, EVA foam, found object, 9×62×32 cm, 3½×24½×12½in, Unique

Sam Anderson, Affair, 2020

Le Cirque chocolates box, wooden coins, Unique

Sam Anderson, Affair, 2020

Le Cirque chocolates box, wooden coins, Unique

Sam Anderson

I Never Loved Your Mind

1 February – 7 March 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Sam Anderson, I Never Loved your Mind, 2019

Unfired clay, cardboard, 14×14×21.6 cm, 5½×5½×8½in, Unique

Sam Anderson

I Never Loved Your Mind

1 February – 7 March 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Tanya Leighton

Felix LA

13 – 16 February 2020

A Lawnmower in the loft (a sculpture of the book)

Bruce McLean

14 March – 18 April 2020

Christine Roland and Kara Hamilton
At Kurfürstenstraße 156

Gallery Weekend
1 – 3 May 2020
Brian Belott

Marianne Wex

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
2020

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