William Ashley Anderson

Region: South

 I build paintings using graphics almost entirely from video games I’ve never played. I work not from a sense of nostalgia but rather from a late twentieth-century shape of thought, augmented by art history, that best describes how I feel visual cognition and memory factoring into the mechanics of understanding paintings. I sift through decades of screenshots and sprite rips to pick out objects with potential to build meaningful images, but my ultimate concern is the visual. I love the lightly abstracted distillations of familiar objects, which I think of as having been seen for me ahead of time. I make room for fresh choices by working from collaged grayscale mockups, allowing my own color feelings to fill in and open new ways of thinking about the imagery.