Sam Anderson:
Big Bird

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Sam Anderson – Big Bird
1 July – 10 September 2017

Sam Anderson was born in Los Angeles in 1982. In the recent past she has developed a body of work in which she examines the existential conditions of human life on the basis of her own biography and stories from her social milieu. Her artistic practice is focused on sculpture and installation, although she also makes films at regular intervals. The works of the artist, who now lives in New York, additionally range from narrative visual creations to almost indecipherable (and therefore seemingly abstract) formulations. Thus, in Anderson’s art, figures formed out of epoxy clay – such as a kneeling girl, a rider or a fishing teenager – meet with material collages that are based on a variety of sometimes found materials and objects – such as broken glass, feathers, pieces of wood, grape steams, flowers or grasses – and are structured according to definite but now always comprehensible criteria. The found animal skeletons, which are also a part of her repertoire and transfer another dimension of reality into her work, are to be situated between these two extremes: the unambiguously narrative sculptures and the scarcely interpretable arrangements.

Independently of the sculptures’ formal appearance, special importance is to be assigned to the relationship between object and space. The works are designed to play with proportions and, in this context, the surrounding architecture serves to indicate scale. Every form of monumentality is subjected to a negation in the process, as is particularly underscored through the fragility of many of the pieces. For viewers, this situation means a continuous bird’s-eye view of the works, which Anderson joins into complex installations in their presentations. The interplay between the pieces causes the American artist’s presentations to behave like staged landscapes. It is precisely through her combination and intertwining of dissimilar works that she evokes the distinctive interactions and charged relationships which breathe life into the artworks and arrangements and substantially contribute to their fascinating effect. The artist creates pictures that not only appear no less lifelike than remote from life, but also mean an expansion of sculpture’s range of possibilities.

A similar potential is connected with Anderson’s films, which once again reveal her occupation with collage techniques. To create them she combines her own or found footage, accompanied by music and speech, into new narratives. Dream-like scenarios are also composed in these works; however, in contrast to the sculptures and installations, they are substantially more strongly anchored in the here and now.

The unique nature of Anderson’s work has brought her considerable renown in recent years, and she has already been included in several important exhibitions. The artist has had solo exhibitions at Rowhouse Project in Baltimore (2016), Tanya Leighton in Berlin (2015), Mother´s Tankstation in Dublin (2015), Between Arrival and Departure in Düsseldorf (2015), Off Vendome in Düsseldorf (2014) and Chapter NY in New York (2013). She has additionally participated in group exhibitions, including “ICHTS” at the Dortmunder Kunstverein (2016) and “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1 (2015).
For the Kölnischer Kunstverein Anderson has developed a complex survey of her work that encompasses both older and new pieces, in order to enable visitors to gain extensive insight into her practice. In addition to the central exhibition hall and the cinema, the neighbouring cabinet of the Kölnischer Kunstverein will also be used to enable visitors to tour through Sam Anderson’s various narratives and formulations.

The artist’s first catalogue as well as an edition of unique works will appear in connection with the exhibition, which is presented in cooperation with the SculptureCenter in New York.

This project is supported by the Kunststiftung NRW as well as the Leinemann Stiftung.

2017

Event: OG Open2017 , 1.7. – 10.9.2017
Exhibition: Sam Anderson: Big Bird , 1.7. – 10.9.2017
Exhibition: Danny McDonald: The Beads & Other Objects , 27.4. – 11.6.2017
Exhibition: Avery Singer: Sailor, 27.4. – 11.6.2017
Event: Lecture by artist Honza Zamojski, 7.7.2017
Event: Artist talk with Eva Kotátková and Noemi Smolik, 24.5.2017
Veranstaltung: Performative artist talk with Mary-Audrey Ramirez and Vince Tillotson, 17.5.2017
Event: Screening: Rheingold. A cinematographic Project by Jan Bonny and Alex Wissel, 27.4.2017
Event: Lecture by Michael Sailstorfer, 15.3.2017
Event: Performance by Timo Seber, 8.3.2017
Event: “Show personality not personal items” a Performance by Nora Turato (in english), in cooperation with Neuen Aachener Kunstverein, 22.2.2017
Event: Artist talk with Kapser Bosmans (in english), 15.2.2017
Exhibition: Leidy Churchman: Free Delivery>/em>, 11.2.-26.3.2017
Exhibition: ars viva 2017 – Jan Paul Evers, Leon Kahane & Jumana Manna, 11.2.-26.3.2017
Event: Artist talk with Jan Paul Evers, Leon Kahane, Jumana Manna & Gesine Borcherdt, 8.2.2017
Event: Book launch by Jan Hoeft, 25.1.2017

2016

Event: Christmas lecture with Claus Richter, 7.12.2016
Event: The John Tilbury Tribute, 23.11.2016
Exhibition: Christiana Soulou – Sonnet to the Nile, 28.10.-18.12.2016
Event: Lecture by Anne Speier, 2.11.2016
Event: Museumsnacht im Kölnischen Kunstverein, 28.10.2016
Event: Lecture by Sven Johne, 12.10.2016
Event: Lecture by Peter Wächtler, 28.9.2016
Event: Talk with Johannes Wohnseifer and Susanne Zander, 7.9.2016
Event: Open Studios, 2.9.-4.9.2016
Exhibition: Catharine Czudej: SHHHHH, 9.7.-4.9.2016
Event:“Hi” a lecture by Anna Virnich, 1.6.2016
Event: Lecture by Anders Clausen, 25.5.2016
Event: Guided tours on the occasion of Kölner Museumsfest, 22.5.2016
Event: “Mäusebunker”. A Film by Lothar Hempel, 4.5.2016
Event: Performance by Tobias Spichtig: “Die böse Farbe für den Kölnischen Kunstverein”, 27.4.2016
Event: Cannibal, 16.4.2016
Exhibition: Andro Wekua – Anruf, 15.4.-19.6.2016
Event: Rhineland-Premiere of Alex Wissel and Jan Bonny’s film “Single”, 30.3.2016
Event: Lecture by Kalin Lindena: “Weltpremiere”, 16.3.2016
Guided Tour: Guided tour with Patrick C. Haas, 9.3.2016
Guided Tour: Kinder-Workshop in der aktuellen Ausstellung von Uri Aran, 28.2.2016
Event: Perfromance by Alvaro Urbano: “Dead Men Tell No Tales”, 24.2.2016
Guided Tour: Guided tour with Moritz Wesseler
Exhibition: Uri Aran – Mice, 13.2.-27.3.2016
Event: Lecture by Uri Aran, 10.2.2016

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2015

Event: Guided tour with the artist Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, 2.12.2015
Exhibition: Jahresgaben 2015, 2.12.-20.12.2015
Guided Tour: Children-workshop within the exhibitions, 29.11.2015
Guided Tour: Guided tour with Patrick C. Haas through the exhibition by Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili and Stephen G. Rhodes 25.11.2015
Exhibition: Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili – Hollow Body, 15.11. – 20.12.2015
Exhibition: Stephen G. Rhodes – Or the Unpreparedness Promteheus and Pals, 15.11. – 20.12.2015
Event: Luke Fowler & Marcus Schmickler. Performance for Synthesis and Organic Oscillators, 28.10.2015
Event: Museumsnacht Köln, 24.10.2015
Guided Tour: Guided Tour and Workshop for children within the exhibition João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, 11.10.2015
Event: Artist Talk with Andreas Schmitten and Helmut Leder, University of Vienna, 07.10.2015
Guided Tour: Guided Tour and Workshop for children within the exhibition João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, 13.09.2015
Event: Artist talk with Gesine Borcherdt and Matias Faldbakken (in English), 02.09.2015
Exhibition: João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, The Missing Hippopotamus, 29.08.-25.10.2015
Event: Artist talk with Ryan McLaughlin, 24.06.2015
Event: Lecture by Studio for Propositional Cinema, 03.06.2015
Guided Tour: Tour by Moritz Wesseler & Rein Wolfs through the exhibition of Petrit Halilaj at Koelnischer Kunstverein, 20.05.2015
Event: Museums Day 2015, Workshop for children within the exhibition Petrit Halilaj ABETARE with Markus Saile, 17.05.2015
Event: Lecture by Nina Beier, 13.05.2015
Guided Tour: Tour by Moritz Wesseler & Rein Wolfs through the exhibition of Petrit Halilaj at Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 10.05.2015
Event: Lecture by Petrit Halilaj, 29.04.2015
Event: Concert John Bock & Aydo Abay, Abay hoch Bock hoch zwei ist gleich Wurzel aus Eierschale tangiert Kaugummikurve, 18.04.2015
Exhibition: Petrit Halilaj, ABETARE, 17.04.-07.06./18.06.-02.08.2015
Event: Performance by Florian Meisenberg, Furthermore, all the windows looked onto the courtyard and – from scarcely any distance – onto other windows
of the same style, behind which could be glimpsed the stately outline of new
windows opening onto a second courtyard, 25.03.2015
Event: Lecture by Johannes Bendzulla, 11.03.2015
Event: Lecture by Tiril Hasselknippe, 25.02.2015
Event: Lecture by Ariel Schlesinger, 11.02.2015
Exhibition: Darren Bader, The World as Will and Representation, 06.02.-22.03.2015
Exhibition: Ryan McLaughlin, Lacus PM, 06.02.-22.03.2015
Event: Lecture by Aude Pariset, 14.01.2015
Event: Musical Performance Errors hit Orient by Chris Evans and Will Holder, 29.01.2015

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