EVERYDAY OBJECTS: THE EVOLUTION & INNOVATIONS OF JOSEPH ANDERSON

NOV. 12, 2017 - JUN. 3, 2018

Library Gallery

Spanning five decades, Joseph Anderson’s career as a jeweler, artist-blacksmith and sculptor serves as an example of how American blacksmiths forged new paths to success during the revival of the craft in the 1960s and 1970s. Some blacksmiths followed academic routes, seeking degrees and teaching positions through newly formed or revived programs at universities. Others established American versions of the European model for apprenticeships and set up their own shops working with clients on commissions. Of this generation of pioneering blacksmiths, Joseph Anderson stands out as he developed a studio artist practice and utilized craft fair venues to build his reputation.

 

At a time when many blacksmiths were following traditional styles in ornamental ironwork, Joseph Anderson was experimenting with visual motifs and line work. By developing his own artistic style at the same time that he created functional wares to be sold, Anderson bridged a gap between traditional, functional ironwork and conceptual expressions. His creativity inspired and motivated his peers to think outside the box. Friendly competition within the field challenged smiths to continue to elevate their skill and their visual concepts and ultimately helped move blacksmithing more prominently into the sphere of fine art. Joseph Anderson’s success has paved the way for generations of smiths to follow in his footsteps, continuing the advancement of the field.

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk 

Sunday, NOV. 12, 2017  3PM - 5PM

Gallery Talk with Joseph Anderson begins at 4pm

Library Gallery

Learn More About the Artist 

Video Recorded By:

University of Evansville

Artist Lecture Series

NOV. 11, 2013

Superman
Superman

2012-2014 Iron, paint Courtesy of the Artist

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Utensils
Utensils

Late 20th century Iron Courtesy of the Artist and Gail Wall

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First Serving Set
First Serving Set

1977 Iron, brass, copper Courtesy of the Artist

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Serving Spoon Set
Serving Spoon Set

Late 20th century Steel Courtesy of Anne Hickman

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Trivet
Trivet

Late 20th century Iron Courtesy of the Artist

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Chain Handle Canning Ladle
Chain Handle Canning Ladle

1988 Steel, copper Courtesy of the Artist

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Mouse and Elephant Spoons
Mouse and Elephant Spoons

Late 20th century Iron, steel Courtesy of the Artist, Gail Wall, and Jodie & Reuel Darling

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Duck, Gazelle and Dragon Fire Pokers
Duck, Gazelle and Dragon Fire Pokers

Late 20th century Iron Courtesy of the Artist

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Elephant Poker and Wonderland Poker
Elephant Poker and Wonderland Poker

1994-1997 Iron, bronze Courtesy of the Artist

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Animal Utensils
Animal Utensils

Late 20th century Iron Courtesy of the Artist and Jodie & Reuel Darling

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Salad Set
Salad Set

2001 Iron Courtesy of the Artist

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Utensils
Utensils

Late 20th century Iron, steel Courtesy of the Artist and Joseph Koches & The Blacksmith Shop

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Serving Set
Serving Set

Late 20th century Steel Courtesy of Michael Bondi

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Serving Set
Serving Set

1984-1989 Steel Courtesy of Daniel Dole

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Elephant Serving Set
Elephant Serving Set

2014 Steel Courtesy of Joseph Koches & The Blacksmith Shop

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Bracelet
Bracelet

c. 1970s Silver, stone Courtesy of the Artist

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Bracelet
Bracelet

c. 1970s Silver, stone Courtesy of the Artist

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Spoon Bird
Spoon Bird

1969 Stainless Steel Courtesy of the Artist

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Spike
Spike

c. 2000s Iron, paint Courtesy of the Artist

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Vase
Vase

c. 1980s Iron, gold leaf Courtesy of the Artist

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Photographs courtesy of the Artist and Metal Museum

Special Support for the Exhibition

Joseph Anderson

Michael Bondi

Ongoing Exhibition & Programming Support

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Hyde Family Foundations

Ongoing Operational Support

ArtsMemphis

Tennessee Arts Commission