Ilona Anderson

  • Ilona Anderson

    Arcology: 2015, Gouache and Lascaux acrylics on archival papers, 120 x 66 inches, 2015.

    Arcology: 2015
  • Ilona Anderson

    Arcology: 2015 (detail), Gouache and Lascaux acrylics on archival papers, 2015. [photo: Bruce Rogovin]

    Arcology: 2015
  • Ilona Anderson

    Arcology: 2015 (detail), Gouache and Lascaux acrylics on archival papers, 2015. [photo: Bruce Rogovin]

    Arcology: 2015

Artist Statement

Arcology, coined by the late architect Paolo Soleri, is the fusion of architecture and ecology. It describes the tension between space and place, something I consider often, as my work conjures imagined worlds that evoke both the open, sun-filled spaces of South Africa, where I was born and raised, and the colder New England climate where I currently reside.

My drawings are full of the familiar, the distant, unknown, imagined, and everyday. Bright lyrical vignettes of animals and people dance before us in a metaphysical picture plane, spilling across the walls into ever-building expanses. I weave the images into both linear and non-linear spaces, forming spatial contradictions that emphasize the vastness of space and the immediacy of our experience.

All phenomena, no matter where they originate, may evoke a sense of curiosity about the unfamiliar and an appreciation of the constant fresh new moment.

Exhibitions

I Know Just What You're Saying, January 6-31, 2016
Arcology, September 30-November, 1, 2015
Home Land, July 2-27, 2014
All the Members: Gifted, September 4-29, 2013
What One Is, May 1-June 2, 2013
Big HUGE small works, December 5-23, 2012
XXX: Kingston Annual Members Exhibition, Thirty Years as an Artist Run Gallery, September 5-30, 2012
NETwork, July 5-28, 2012
Kingston Gallery Annual Members' Exhibition, August 31-October 2, 2011

Press

Ilona Anderson's Work Sparkles with Grand Gestures at Kingston Gallery.
Lucky Li, "Ilona Anderson's Curiosity about the Unfamiliar." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, October 17, 2015.
"Ilona Anderson Reviewed in The Boston Globe." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, April 17, 2013.
Deborah Davidson, "Theater of the Heart." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, May 30, 2013.
Deborah Davidson, "Thinking About 'What One Is.'" Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, May 16, 2013.

Contact

www.ilonaanderson.com