Anders Dickson at Wschód

Artist: Anders Dickson

Exhibition title: songs of rain and hobo chili

Venue: Wschód, Warsaw, Poland

Date: September 20 – October 19, 2019

Photography: Michał Matejko / all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Wschód, Warsaw

“Artist’s presentation is both a sequence of self-contained paintings and sculptures, and an energetic environment produced by their interplay. Aside from the colorways that link them, one connective strand between Dickson’s two- and three-dimensional works is that they frequently suggest transitional spaces – thresholds between a here and an elsewhere that might be physical, psychological or both. Such realms, he discerns, are subtly inscribed in both art history – in charged architectural nooks painted by Fra Angelico, Jan Maelwael and Piero della Francesca – and in the texture of contemporary urbanism. There are sculptural references in Dickson’s work to portals between public and private space in Amsterdam, for instance: snail-shaped toilets in the red-light district, and the large storefront-like windows of domestic abodes. These liminal areas might twist allegory: they’ re worldly places available to all that nevertheless foster a sense of privacy, intimacy and inward communion so that the mind can spin in its orbits – into wonder, perversity, disgust, or being haunted.”

Martin Herbert fragment from an essay for O spring, 2019, De Ateliers, Amsterdam

Anders Dickson (1988) is an American-born artist currently living and working in Amsterdam. He studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main under Monika Baer and Amy Silman (2014–2017) and De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2017–2019). His recent solo exhibitions include: Waterbound With Smokie Allies at e Oracle, Berlin in 2018, Studies In Transguration and Beyond the Threshold and Back Again: An Introduction to the Hero’s Journey, Gisela Capitain in Cologne in 2018, and St. Elmo’s Fire at e Beach O ce, Berlin in 2017. Recent group exhibitions include: Whoohw Haah Huuhuu at Lovaas, Munich in 2019, Paranoid House, Vleeshal, Middleburg in 2018, and Monday is a Day Between Sunday and Tuesday, Tanya Leighton, Berlin in 2017.