A labyrinth evolves in Barry Anderson’s newest work, The Journeys and Cross-Generational Narratives in Barry Anderson’s The Janus Restraint.
The work by Anderson, M.F.A, digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, is an ongoing multimedia project that he began in 2012. It creates a kaleidoscope of epic semi-narrative proportions, which merges mythology, romantic landscapes and personal symbolism. The project could be considered an extended portrait of the artist’s son, who’s featured heavily in the work, although such a simplification would do a disservice to the richness of the piece.
His work is part of a larger project of the Charlotte Street Foundation, which focuses on a shared goal of bringing the eyes of national writers to the work of Kansas City-based artists. Essays were commissioned for the exhibition Against the Screen at La Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25 St., Kansas City, Mo. It is open now through Oct. 7.
The essays were written by Stefanie Kae Dlugosz-Acton, assistant curator of Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Mia Lopez, assistant curator, DePaul Art Museum; Rachel Adams, senior curator Of Exhibitions, UB Art Galleries, The University at Buffalo; Danny Orendorff, manager of Public and Community Engagement Programs, Museum of Arts and Design; Ann Meisinger, assistant curator of Public Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Kate Bowen, exhibitions director, ACRE Henry Murphy, Public Programs Fellow The Studio Museum in Harlem.
The pieces were co-edited by Melaney Mitchell, founder and senior editor of Informality Blog; and Lynnette Miranda, curator-in-residence at Charlotte Street Foundation.