MAGPIE – Performed by Robert James Anderson

2018-11-06 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
MAGPIE – by Robert James Anderson
Presented by Art House Jersey
ArtHouse Jersey is excited to announce MAGPIE, the latest performance work by multidisciplinary artist James Anderson. The outcome of a residency at ArtHouse Jersey, this exploded self-portrait starts from a queer art-maker perspective and seeks to examine masculinity, alienation, aspiration, loneliness, and the mythic/marginalised status of the art-maker perspective as cultural figure. Anderson weaves his own written musical scores, texts and moving images into a visual and auditory extravaganza that sits at the intersections of live performance and multimedia art installation. Part celebration, part lamentation, this piece takes cues from numerous sources, in particular works by artist Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, Bruce Nauman and Laurie Anderon, and musicians SOPHIE, Grimes, Madonna and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). In keeping those who influence him, Anderson´s work is charged with deep introspection and sharp social commentary.
British-born Robert J. Anderson received his BA (Hons) in Theatre and Visual Art from The University of Brighton and his Masters in Fine Art (Painting) from the New York Studio School. He is the recent recipient of the Mercedes Matter/Ambassador Middenford Award for Performance (New York, 2018) and the creator of several previous performance works, including Residuum (Jersey 2016), Full Moon, Julius, Pussy Faggot (NY, 2014-15), Pudding, and Treacle (Jersey, 2010-11). His work has been written about in Art Critical, Hyperallergic and Time Out New York and he has been reviewed by critics and commentators both in the Channel Islands and overseas. His mural The River formed a centrepiece for the 2014 Mix NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY and his paintings have been the subject of many solo and group exhibitions and are included in numerous private collections. Anderson has curated several exhibitions of visual art in New York City and written widely on the subject of other artist´s work. Currently lives in France.

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