Power Plant—Solo Exhibition

Steven L. Ander­son
Power Plant
Feb­ru­ary 22 – March 24, 2013


Open­ing & per­for­mance by Steven L. Ander­son: Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 22, 7 – 11pm
Also fea­tur­ing lec­tures, per­for­mances, and work­shops by Riah Buchanan, Shade Fal­con, Robby Herbst, Charles Irvin, Los Ange­les Mys­tery Project, Tom McKen­zie, and Guru Rugu.

Monte Vista Projects is pleased to present Power Plant, Steven L. Anderson’s solo exhi­bi­tion of paint­ing, draw­ing, video, and per­for­mances. Power Plant is a col­lec­tion of strate­gies for charg­ing, releas­ing, pro­ject­ing, negat­ing, and focus­ing energy. Spi­ral­ing, text-based draw­ings become tools for direct­ing vibra­tions. A large “prayer rug” serves as a charg­ing sta­tion for stag­ing per­for­ma­tive, cre­ative actions. Tripods sup­port­ing video cam­eras appear as totemic sign­posts in the energy land­scape. On the cam­eras’ tiny screens, short videos tes­tify to the elec­tric­ity one feels while explor­ing the wilder­ness, reach­ing a mountain’s sum­mit, or encoun­ter­ing the sublime.

The rhythms of our daily lives, our pol­i­tics and cul­ture, and our tech­nol­ogy sur­round us com­pletely, encom­pass­ing us in white noise—but when we escape into the out­doors, we gain per­spec­tive. As our senses refo­cus, our bod­ies dis­cover rhythms that can’t be rep­re­sented on clocks. We begin to expe­ri­ence older, deeper rhythms, of energy flow­ing through and around us. The exhil­a­ra­tion of the human spirit fuses with the fero­cious beauty of nature to make a pal­pa­ble, tin­gling essence, and—-if an artist is attuned-—this energy can become a medium in itself.

The exhi­bi­tion will fea­ture lec­tures, per­for­mances, and work­shops by Riah Buchanan, Shade Fal­con, Robby Herbst, Charles Irvin, Los Ange­les Mys­tery Project, Tom McKen­zie, and Guru Rugu. Audi­ences are lim­ited to 15 peo­ple. Sched­ule and sign-ups will be posted at the gallery and online at montevistaprojects.com.

Steven L. Ander­son works in a vari­ety of media to explore the nature of power, and the power of Nature. His career as an artist has been a cycle of col­lab­o­ra­tive and indi­vid­ual pro­duc­tion, includ­ing projects with Tom McKen­zie (as Ecsta­tic Energy Con­sul­tants, Inc.); Karl Erick­son & Robby Herbst; Elana Mann; Llano del Rio Col­lec­tive; Sig­nify, Sanc­tify, Believe; and Cake­walk mag­a­zine. Ander­son was a 2011 Artist-in-Residence at Joshua Tree National Park, and his work has been exhib­ited in Los Ange­les, New York, San Fran­cisco, Miami, and Chicago. A long­time res­i­dent of Los Ange­les, Steven now lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Monte Vista
5442 Monte Vista St.
Los Ange­les, CA 90042
www.montevistaprojects.com
hours: Sat­ur­day & Sun­day 12–5 and by appointment

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