AKILI RON ANDERSON talks about his formative influences
Akili Ron Anderson is a highly imaginative sculptor who works in a variety of sculptural forms and mixed media combinations that concretize an idealism that is expansive yet flexible. That idealism is infused in large scale constructions that are comprised of divergent textures and forms which result in negative spaces on surfaces as well as areas within those structures. While his sculptures are iconic in nature and evocative of universal concepts for deities, there is a connection with urban social life when his use of found objects is considered. He has also created set designs, and there is an architectural quality to his work. Much of his current public work is in stained glass, and his earlier installations that express religious and social themes are to be found in churches in this area. His stained glass installation at the Columbia Heights Station’s East and West entrances in Washington DC, which can be viewed here in video #4, uses motifs that are inspired by Kente patterns. Anderson, a life long resident of Washington DC, is not “local” in his philosophy, and is monumental in the scope of his work.
Camera work for this interview was done by Saco Yasuma.
THE NEW TIMES HOLLER! would like to give a special thanks to Laura Harris, who brought Akili Ron Anderson's work to our attention.
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AKILI RON ANDERSON talks about a series in progress.
AKILI RON ANDERSON discusses the relationship between the different pieces of the series.
A visit to AKILI RON ANDERSON'S installation at the Columbia Heights Station in Washington DC