“Walter Anderson: A World Vision of Art and Nature”
An illustrated lecture by Professor Brent Funderburk
3:30 p.m., Jan. 24, 2013
Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium, Giles Hall
Brent Funderburk, a faculty member in Art at Mississippi State University since 1982, has pursued Walter Inglis Anderson through lecturing about him, curating exhibitions of his artwork and dedicating courses to his vision for 30 years.
Funderburk’s lectures and exhibitions have taken him to many universities and museums, while his MSU classes – “Encounters,” “Sea- Earth- Sky” and various watercolor courses – have taken art and natural science students into the world of New Orleans-born/Mississippi-based Anderson. In order to better realize the renaissance perspective of Anderson’s philosophy and to help develop their own, Funderburk and his students dove into Anderson’s works – from Horn Island in the Gulf of Mexico, to nature’s forms, close and far.
Funderburk’s talk “Walter Anderson: A World Vision of Art and Nature” will present the lifelong, creative investment of the artist, naturalist and writer Anderson. Funderburk will discuss why and how Anderson created thousands of images – some purposefully reproducible for the identity of the greater local world and community – and others more carefully crafted, selected and hidden from view. The images revealed show a plan to replenish a culture bent on nuclear destruction, and those hidden might offer cross-millennial (and cross-cultural) “inside” communication from artist/sage to artist/sage, as vanguards in the movement.
Walter Anderson’s two bodies of work, one “tribal” and one “virtuosic,” report a one-man campaign to save mankind (as well as himself!) and his natural environment through the power of art.
Did Anderson succeed in his world transforming plan? Funderburk believes that he did, and will attempt to prove it though a guided trek through hundreds of Anderson’s jewel-like watercolors, lightning lined drawings and myriad decorative objects.