Kavi Gupta Gallery is pleased to present Misiisto by Chicago-based artist Scott Anderson. Anderson, who is best known for his abundant imagery depicting places that nod to surrealism while utilizing the picture-plane as an adaptable space where fictional narrative shifts its weight with the process of painting. Anderson’s latest body of work blends a world of speculative-fiction, fantasy, and medieval painting imploring a darker palette and tone. Abandoning previous iconography, which referred directly to sci-fi, these new scenes present exotic religious ritual, prophecy, pilgrimage, and indoctrination. Figures such as a cloaked monk and a seemingly dead explorer intermingle with disembodied floating heads, open fires and glowing chalices engaged in a sacrilegious party of excess. At once his paintings present depth and flatness utilizing a fluctuating scale across the picture leaving an unstable idea of space, time or dimension. Misiisto, the title of the exhibition is taken from the failed utopian language of Esparanto—often used by Anderson in his work—that was created to encourage international peace and understanding.
Scott Anderson (b. 1973) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Anderson has exhibited solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica; Chicago Cultural Center; Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH. His work has also been included in exhibitions at the Cranbrook Art Museum, MI; Happy Lion, Los Angeles; fa projects, London; P.P.O.W Gallery, NY; and Luckman Gallery, California State University, LA. Anderson’s work was recently acquired by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and was just featured in Bon Magazine. Additionally, Scott will be participating in the Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape exhibition at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY.