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Falcon Gallery, Apr 10-June 5: 'Mutualism' by Langley Anderson

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

Langley Anderson's vibrant exhibition of work titled Mutualism will be on display in the Falcon Gallery from April 10 until June 5, 2021.

Artist's Statement

Tight imaging of organic specimens and the manipulation of their color and space transform minute matter into archival pigment prints. My work explores a relationship between science and art.

When I observe objects in our natural world—sinuous scales of snakeskin, withered pods of plants, hairy articulations of arachnids—I notice a parallel between the structure of these specimens and the elements of art and design.

Using scanning electron and dissecting microscopes, I enlarge specimens. Digitally enhancing these intricate structures with vibrant hues reveals a world of fascinating form. My photography merges actuality and abstraction, allowing unique anatomical attributes to surface. Scale and color are no longer the intrinsic property of the natural world but a reflection of artistic subjectivity.

By blending science and art, I wish to share the alluring structures of natural form. My artwork expresses a mutualism between science and art and displays the inherent beauty of nature in a new way.

About the Artist

Langley Anderson grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. She recently earned her Master of Fine Arts in studio art, with a concentration in photography, from Radford University in Radford, Virginia.

Anderson’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows throughout Virginia, Texas, and Oregon. She has served on several art committees and presented at SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) in Columbus, Ohio. Anderson has received awards from Photographer’s Forum, Tokyo International Foto Awards, and the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.

Anderson runs Wild ArtRidge Academy, her art school in Radford, works as a freelance photographer, and teaches Art Appreciation, 2-D Foundations, and Photography at Radford University.

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