Indiana University instructor Alexander Landerman is currently exhibiting in the Hastings Gallery of Art in the Katharine L. Boyd Library on the campus of Sandhills Community College. The exhibition will run through March 18.
Landerman utilizes letterpress printing and drawing mediums to explore relationships between humans and animals. “This work focuses on the ethical treatment, societal perception, and cognitive abilities of various animal species,” he said. “Through the subtle anthropomorphizing of animals and placing them into vulnerable, human-like positions, I foster a connection between viewer and subjects. By suspending a creature in a moment of tension, I encourage feelings of discomfort, empathy, aggression, or fear within the observer.
“I grew up the son of a fur trapper and construction worker who ran a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm on a piece of family land in Wisconsin. My adolescence was filled with work disguised as play, crawling through the snow to cut trees, and running the hunting dogs. I cultivated a love of work and respect for nature, which has carried over into my studio practice. These adolescent experiences altered my feelings toward animals and led me from the life of a hunter to that of an artist-activist.”
His work is represented throughout the United States and internationally. He has participated in numerous residency programs, including the Jentel Artist Foundation and the Petrified Forest National Park AiR program.
Landerman completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Two-Dimensional Art at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking at Indiana University.
The Hastings Gallery hours are Mondays-Thursdays 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and closed on Sundays.More Posts