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Barry Anderson’s most recent project, titled The Janus Restraint, is a modular group of works in various media (video, animation, sculpture, photography, sound) that create a loose narrative around adolescent evolution and initiation with the land. Initially influenced by Stan Brakhage’s experimental
film epic Dog Star Man, my project explores similar themes of micro and macro views of the life cycle and human relationship to the landscape. By documenting the American West and related mythologies, along with personal iconography and pop culture, I ultimately create a ritualistic “portrait” by working with my own son as both actor and avatar.
Anderson’s work in video and photography has been featured in over 30 solo and over 80 group exhibitions around the country and abroad with recent solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Seoul. Video art pieces are included in the permanent collections of the Everson Museum of Art, the Kemper
Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Anderson grew up in a small town in east Texas. He earned a BFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in photography and digital media from Indiana University Bloomington. Currently, he is Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Professor in Studio Art, teaching courses in motion design, photography, 3D modeling, and professional practices.