|John Anderson-Bricker - Dubuque, Iowa
The Long Toss is a pop art nod to the communal summer activity of lawn games such as Bocce Ball. This playful piece mimics the enticing lure of barbeques, friendship, and long-summer evenings. These metal assemblage spheres arranged in the landscape surprise the passerby as an encounter with an ongoing game where the players are absent. The spheres become surrogates for the human activity that the viewer can step into and interact with. The Long Toss received the 2010 Art on the River Best of Show and remains in this year's exhibit.
After receiving a BFA in sculpture and ceramics at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1990, Anderson-Bricker immediately began teaching ceramics at the Metropolitan School for the Arts in Syracuse, NY, eventually assuming director responsibilities for the department of ceramics and sculpture until 1996. From 1995 through 1997 he worked as a staff artist for the City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation Programs, developing collaborative mural painting projects, ceramic mosaics and public sculptures. In 1997 he moved to Dubuque, IA, simultaneously sculpting, painting and overseeing community collaborative projects which led to a curatorial position at the Dubuque Museum of Art in 1998. Since 2001, he has pursued sculpture and painting full time.
Sales price - $12,000