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Andrea Carlson
updated: 11/26/2009
website: mikinaak.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
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Cannibal Holocaust
Culture Cop
Truthiness
Under the Blanket
Culture Vulture
Cut & Run
Vaster Empire
Fur Trade
The Poison that is its Own Cure
Waagidojiid (Crooked Asshole)
Blanket Sphincter
Cannibal Ferox
Le Château des Pyrénées
Portage & the Tempest
Eaten Alive & Human Sacrifices
 
Portfolio Keywords:  consumer culture, humor, identity, landscape, pattern, still life
 
 
Cannibal Holocaust by Andrea Carlson
Cannibal Holocaust
Graphite, oil, acrylic, marker, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2008
44" x  60" 
Culture Cop by Andrea Carlson
Culture Cop
Graphite, oil, acrylic, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Truthiness by Andrea Carlson
Truthiness
Graphite, oil, acrylic, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Under the Blanket by Andrea Carlson
Under the Blanket
Graphite, oil, acrylic, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2006
22" x  30" 
Culture Vulture by Andrea Carlson
Culture Vulture
Graphite, oil, acrylic, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2006
22" x  30" 
Cut & Run by Andrea Carlson
Cut & Run
Graphite, oil, acrylic, marker, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2009
44" x  60" 
Vaster Empire by Andrea Carlson
Vaster Empire
Graphite, oil, acrylic, marker, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2007
44" x  60" 
Fur Trade by Andrea Carlson
Fur Trade
Graphite, oil, acrylic, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2006
22" x  30" 
The Poison that is its Own Cure by Andrea Carlson
The Poison that is its Own Cure
Graphite, oil, acrylic, marker, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Waagidojiid (Crooked Asshole) by Andrea Carlson
Waagidojiid (Crooked Asshole)
Graphite, oil, acrylic, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Blanket Sphincter by Andrea Carlson
Blanket Sphincter
Oil, acrylic, graphite and prismacolor on paper
2006
22" x  30" 
Cannibal Ferox by Andrea Carlson
Cannibal Ferox
Graphite, oil, acrylic, marker, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2008
44" x  60" 
Le Château des Pyrénées by Andrea Carlson
Le Château des Pyrénées
Graphite, oil, acrylic, marker, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Portage & the Tempest by Andrea Carlson
Portage & the Tempest
Graphite, oil, acrylic, marker, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2008
176" x  240" 
Eaten Alive & Human Sacrifices by Andrea Carlson
Eaten Alive & Human Sacrifices
Graphite, oil, acrylic, marker, gouache and prismacolor on paper
2008
44" x  120" 

Artist Statement
Objects drawn into these paintings are from encyclopedic collections while the texts refer to titles and tag lines from "Cannibal Boom" films of the 1980's, such as Cannibal Holocaust (1980), Cut and Run (1985) and Cannibal Ferox (1981).  These different elements are displayed hovering like holy icons, foreign and floating on the page. Patterned blankets showcase these housewares and opportunistic, gaping-mouthed predators congregate on the banks.

My interests in objects stems from the fictions, stories and histories of objects, and how objects function as surrogates for cultural exchange.  The idea of cannibalism referenced through the text is a metaphor for the assimilation and consumption of cultural identity.  Seascapes refer to the historic and continuing interaction people have with waterways which provide a conduit for cultural trade, interaction, and conflict.  For previous exhibitions my artwork has required a willingness on behalf of museums and institutions to engage their patrons in thinking critically about the display and representation of cultural objects.

The museum is a landscape in it's own right, accreting and assimilating objects foreign to itself.  People conscious of colonial histories have long viewed museums as self-nominated stewards of cultural objects charged with telling their stories as a form of cultural dominion.  Despite the objections of representatives from very living cultures often exhibited in  these collections, museums strive for a degree of objectivity and collect items with a mandate to preserve cultures for posterity; whereas, representations of culture in exploitation films celebrate fiction, hyperbolae and sensationalism more overtly.  Both fields inform how we imagine culture, while often drawing special attention to what is viewed as exotic by the dominant culture or relying on their own interpretations/creations of cultures to draw parallels between them.

Artist Bio / CV
Andrea Carlson lives and works in Minneapolis.  In 2003 she earned a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005.  Her work has exhibited widely while gaining support through several fellowships including the Minnesota State Arts Board (2006) and McKnight/MCAD Foundation Fellowship (2007-08).