Happy Medium:Mixed media installation

Happy Medium, Installation shot


Alter to Happiness
(In Triangular Form)

Stephen Anderson
Neon, album covers, video, digital collage,
photography, paint, wood, plastic

(Rows: Top to Bottom)

Happy Medium Neon
28” x28”

Album Covers (with neutral expressions.)
A few vinyl albums from my childhood, A time when you went to record stores, and discovered new music


Videos: (Left to Right)

1 American Reality (synced on 1st and 5th monitor)
Duration 40:53
TV reality shows that have America in their names.
A genre of guilty pleasures.

2 Ocean 1
Duration 4:02

3 Midpoint - Happy Chaos
Duration 7:27
Split screen depicting happiness and chaos superimposed with
diagrams and famous quotes on happiness.

4 Ocean 2
Duration 4:10

5 American Reality (synced on 1st and 5th monitor)
Duration 40:53
TV reality shows that have America in their names.
A genre of guilty pleasures.

Side Effects: (series of 13)
Information and colors obtained from each drugs website. Text highlighted In red are the drug side effects. The molecular compositionof the drug and the
anatomical illustration pertains to the area effected by the drug.
The long list of side effects seems to negate the help it advertises.
8” x 8” each

Happy Sad Animation: (series of 23)
5.5” x 5.5” each

Floppy Disks
A simpler time when 1.3 megabytes was considered large,
and 56kbs dialup online speeds was fast.

Chapters: (series of 10)

Stephen Anderson
‘Pop-up’ collage assemblage, image transfer,
polyurethane on wood; pine and walnut
9” x 5 1/2” each.

Unhappiness Is Easy-Happiness Takes Work

The Mind Plays the Central Role

There Is No Good Definition of Happiness

Comparing Ourselves with Others

Equating Happiness with Success

Fear and Avoidance of Pain


The World Has Too Much Pain

Seeing Yourself as a Victim

Happiness Is a By-product

View Project

(left) An Ode

Stephen Anderson
Scrap hand cut wood pieces from the
pop up elements in Chapters

The Weight we Carry

Stephen Anderson
Weightlifting plates, light-box, plastic

Inscribed on the plates are the 7 deadly sins (left side),
And the 7 virtues (right side), in Latin and with their color indication.

Happiness Quotes

“Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream.”
-Jack Kerouac

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
-Oscar Wilde

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
-Dalai Lama

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

xxx “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
-Albert Einstein

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.”
-William E. Gladstone

Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”
-Alice Walker

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”

“Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.”
-George Bernard Shaw

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”
-Helen Keller

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
-Ernest Hemingway

“If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.”
-Richard Bach

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.”
-Clare Boothe Luce

xxx “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”
-Robert Frost

xxx “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”
-Albert Schweitzer

xxx “True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness - otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?”
-Leslie Caron

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”
-Bertrand Russell

xxx “The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

“To forget oneself is to be happy.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson

“A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.”
-Bette Davis

“You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.”
-Ernie Banks

“There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.”
-Aldous Huxley

“Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.”

xxx “Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.”
-Andy Rooney

“Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.”
-Marquis de Sade

xxx “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
-Jim Rohn

xxx “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”

xxx “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

xxx “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
-Anne Frank

xxx “Happiness is the natural flower of duty.”
-Phillips Brooks

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
-Albert Camus

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it’s all that matters.”
-Audrey Hepburn

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
-Albert Einstein

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
-Eskimo Proverb

“Since everything is but an apparition,
perfect in being what it is,
having nothing to do with good or bad,
acceptance or rejection,
one may well burst out in laughter.”