Leif Anderson

Leif Anderson: TATTARRATTAT

September 25th - December 4th 2015

Artist Reception: September 25th 2015 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Sunday, Saturday 12pm-5pm and by private appointment

Melanie Flood Projects is pleased to present TATTARRATTAT an exhibition of new site-responsive works by Portland-based artist Leif Anderson. Anderson’s installation is the first in a new artist series Thinking through Photography, an exploration of artists working with photography today. The series will include a comprehensive survey of contemporary photographic practices through programming that highlights experimental and diverse approaches to image making. Facilitated by exhibitions, artist talks, studio visits, interviews, and suggested readings which aim to expand the language surrounding photography, while also unveiling progressive work by local artists in the Pacific Northwest & beyond.

TATTARRATTAT treats the area within Melanie Flood Projects as the site for an arrangement of shaped photographic prints of altered architectural fragments. The images are a continuation of Anderson’s interest in immediately tactile structures of organization, focusing on evidence of a location or objects’ alternative use and ways they have been modified.

Using large format inkjet printing at near 1:1 scale, photographs are printed and shaped on multiple substrates: PVC vinyl, fabric, and paper, then plied, mounted, stuffed, draped, and folded in ways to play with and mimic the physical attributes of the gallery. The installation combines print forms situated as standard interior furnishings (window shade, table), with forms that intervene more directly with architectural elements (door, dropped wall). The images focus on provisional and marginal components captured from the gallery and at nearby sites. Images of ad hoc alterations to buildings highlight the disruptions to their intended structural order, whereas others document markings made by the artist, those used by city utilities and of play activity. The photographs abstract these forms for their textural and gestural qualities.

Anderson’s work pushes the role of photography from a closed frame to an open frame, where the content and shape of his images interact with the spatial setting directly. This exhibition examines the boundary between the image as photograph and image as object, blurred both by their heightened detail and dimensional shape.

Leif Anderson received a BFA with distinction in Photomedia from the University of Washington and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. He has exhibited in Toronto, Canada; Metz, France; San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle and recently completed the Rainmaker Artist Residency housed in the Yale Union Laundry Building in Portland, Oregon.

Press Release available here.