Ronald Anderson: “Mit Liebe” (“With Love”) . . . Acryl on hand stretched canvas; 160 cm x 160 cm
Bremen, Germany 2000
The square-shaped acryl picture “Mit Liebe” (“With Love”) of Ronald Anderson (a member of the Chickasaw Tribe out of Tishomingo Oklahoma*, R. A.) he had painted on canvas. It has the extents 160 cm x 160 cm and therefore a considerable size. With that size the picture does carry a certain “weight”…
But the observer is aware at first of that how the contrast of front and background hits him with its full force and presence! An almost ethereal tenderness of the colors spreads itself apparently on the complete surface of the canvas in the background. A sensibility which makes that the observer pauses. The everyday perception is interrupted: The senses are adjusted to reception and want to open themselves “to even the finest vibrations in the atmosphere”! In front of this almost immaterial picture ground something like a wooden fence stands. Embers have packed this fence, so that its wooden beams buckle what allows a sight onto the tenderness in the behind…
The dark wall is dissolving itself because already burned down almost by the “fire”.
The title “Mit Liebe” (“With Love”) points out that the “fire” is absolutely meant in the transmitted meaning. And the effect of the picture described above makes clear that it is here about perception and perspective of position…
In this place, I would like to refer to the painting “Five Germans, Five Indians” of Ronald Anderson which I had reviewed under „Art Touches Art – 1“.The space between the individual persons is still deep black on this painting. And I had worked out in this place how R. A. had explained himself the new impressions here with us with the inner pictures of us that had been preconceived from the distance of us, the unknown persons. Ronald Anderson picked out the first stereotyped perception as a central theme which did not seem to be fitting, however, to the real situation. The look into the “behind of the black” is blocked! The “preconceived inner pictures” are darkening and blocking the look at the persons themselves in their “inner being”!
Ronald Anderson: “Five Germans, Five Indians” (See “Art Touches Art – 1”)
The artist has apparently gone through a change of his point of view by now: His look at us – as representatives of the unknown – had become a new: A perception of man to man had adapted. And this makes possible a subtly differentiated look unlike this, to indicate us by a piece of flag (see: “Art Touches Art – 1”).
Altogether, the picture “Mit Liebe” (“With Love”) is borne by warmth and light. With these finest vibrations from a breath of colors the artist expresses his own sensitive perception. Same like an “opening oneself”, this inner attitude of “being aware in a sophisticated manner” is standing within the room as an offer. And this has to be literally taken now because the painting is room-gripping and imposing in its size.
At the same time, just as defining are the bulky black wall remains – in the condition of carbonization – as described at the beginning.
A chaining of events had established this wall long time ago! On the left above of the picture some of the chains not yet melted are recognizable. On the one hand they remind of a barbed wire which separates and is fencing in; on the other hand it also could be pearl laces at which one can read events within the past time of pearl to pearl. And all the many events caused many “interconnections” and joined themselves together to a black wall, after all the years. This blackness stands for everything which had been separated from the perception – for individually or socially different reasons. This phenomenon every man knows actually (more or less distinctively) and originally the function of a “protective mechanism” has. If this protection intended by the subconscious is no longer necessary because the person has come to a new judgement of the reality, then the partition-wall can be pulled down.
This is exactly the situation which has painted Ronald Anderson!
Ronald Anderson has spotted the “pearls” directly from a thin acryl tube like also drawn lines with this technique. To the center of the picture to it is recognizable that the individual wall parts had been framed of those “interconnections”. The chains which are already melted had mutated to metallic glittering strings, however, in the heat of the embers. Sectors which such had been marked are good to recognize. This corresponds absolutely to the kind of thinking which “puts people into drawers”, with which one gets a label stamped on. The shrunk wall makes visible that an integral and all-embracing feeling is spreading in the background which gives room for breathing deeply.…
Only such moments make possible being aware of this all-embracing feeling. It is the moment at which we are into balance between the outer and inner reality! And, exactly such a moment puts the strength to change things…
This one it is what Ronald Anderson has felt just the same! He added a hopeful sign to his picture: There where on the right side of the picture a joist had already so strongly buckled that it had made space for the growth of something new, where nature already has reacted there: A little flower is blossomed, quiet in this hidden space in the protection of being hardly perceptible. A shy little plant which is dependent on much warmth and attentiveness.…
Can such a great task of letting oneself in for something new and unknown be handled at all? Ronald Anderson gives this answer – with the choice of his picture title: “Mit Liebe” (“With Love”). By choosing our mother tongue, that is the German language, for this, he shows his readiness to approach us . . . Interpretation: Renate Hugel
To the Person of Ronald Anderson
Ronald Anderson, Native American Artist, at work in the gallery “pro art” in Bremen, Germany, in the year 2000
Ronald Anderson has studied art at university of Oklahoma. He has lived many years in the U. S. state of Oklahoma, was there always present with his art and his art actions. Meanwhile, he lived some time in Tennessee at first and lives now at the Colorado River in Arizona.
The art is for Ronald Anderson like another language, with which he creates experiences, causes joy, gets out memories (nice, melancholy but also grievous) or stimulates people to conversations, also thinking…
For this (my statement above), his work of art “Mit Liebe” (“With Love”) is a very appropriate example – as basically all his previous already interpreted works! Also in later contributions I will list examples to this. Renate Hugel
Note: * See to this on HOME „Remark to Ronald Anderson“of the 24th 07th 2015
Remark 1: Current stand: To Ronald Anderson I have written under “Art Touches Art” the contributions “Art Touches Art – 1”, “Art Touches Art – 13” and “Art Touches Art – 19”. In addition, there is a mention under “Art Touches Art – 16” (the contribution to the teamwork “block-pictures”).
Remark 2: The contributions under „Art Touches Art“ refer to the symposium „Attempt of an Encounter – Five Native American Artists meet five European Artists“. This had taken place in Bremen (Germany), in the year 2000. Whoever would like to ask about the genesis of the symposium can scroll back till „Art Touches Art – 1“, then continue scrolling back till Information about ‚Art Touches Art‘; after that you find then the „Chronology of the Past History“. Renate Hugel