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Bold beauty at Anna Kaplan

Reed Anderson’s new work is all about color and energy

A work from Anderson’s cut-paper series

Photos courtesy of the artist and gallery


Reed Anderson: DayBreaker is on view at Anna Kaplan Contemporary, 1250 Niagara Street, September 6–October 6, with an opening reception Thursday, September 6, 6–9 p.m. Call 604-6183 or visit annakaplancontemporary.art for more info.


Strong, sometimes discordant imagery is one of the few recognizable threads that connect recent works by Reed Anderson and the mixed media paintings some will remember from his brief stay in Buffalo during the nineties. Anderson made a vivid impression when he was here and has built on this fresh, innovative artistic practice throughout his years in Brooklyn, and, most recently, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


A work from Anderson’s cut-paper series 


The new work featured at Anna Kaplan Contemporary includes a series of banner-like works in ripstop nylon, wildly energetic cut-paper paintings, and paintings where gestural and geometric overlays of color obscure objects reenvisioned from the artist’s past. Kaplan speculates that the three bodies of work together will “create an undulating and animated energy in the white cube of the gallery space,” and she’s likely right. “Big explosion of color” would be another way to put it.


While the banner works are imposing, with their use of spinnaker sails—a sixteen-foot-long banner is in place at the Hotel Henry—the floral-infused cut paper works are even more fascinating. They recall traditional, Eastern textile designs, but mashed up and refreshed (often) with bold geometric color. The paintings are bright, complex, and compelling.       


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