Anderson and Low

Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low are based in the United Kingdom. Their work ranges from portraiture, nudes, architectural studies, abstraction and studio-based works. Their prints are in the collections of numerous international museums.

Manga Dreams premiered at Hamiltons in 2011; a ground-breaking body of colour works by photography duo Anderson and Low.

 

The works draw heavily on contemporary youth culture, around the concepts of identity, cyberculture, and costume that explores a hybrid art-form involving photography, graphics, digital painting and calligraphy.

 

"During a trip to East Asia some years ago, we saw a huge visual change in the influences on youth culture and their manifestation: we found that retail hubs such as shopping malls were now the epicentre for the expression of a new cultural phenomenon - youth tailoring their looks to that of manga and anime characters. The impossibly tamed hairstyles and gestural elements in the clothing stimulated our imaginations in a totally unforeseen manner. We felt as though we had been transported to a different world, a parallel universe populated by these characters. Our reaction was visceral: we felt as though we were already inside a new art project, a project that would go far beyond simple portraiture of the extremes of these wildly made-up youths, in who life is truly imitating art.", Anderson & Low.

 

Manga Dreams was subsequently featured in the 2011 Venice Biennale, and exhibited in the National Gallery of Australia, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UK, Museé de la Civilisation, Quebec City, Canada, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, Wereld Museum, Rotterdam, and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acquired a work from this series for their permanent collection.

 

A monograph of this series was produced in 2011, published by Lucky Panda Press, accompanied by a forword by Yasufumi Nakamori the Assistant Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.