FATHER MATERIAL

Utilizing video, tee-shirts, mens ties, and ‘pop-up’ collage, Stephen Anderson’s take on “Father Material” is cynical, judgmental and humorous.


Just watch “Cops” or “Jerry Springer” or the slew of reality TV shows to note that mankind is doomed.


Becoming a father in the literal sense is far too easy, add to it modern fertility drugs and the flood of “erection” pills it’s quite ironic to call it the “miracle” of birth.


With the amount of child abuse and kids put up for adoption, living in foster homes or engaged in slavery it’s crazy that people need a license to drive but anyone with a penis can become a father. 


Review: OC Weekly

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Vows (Love, Honor, Obey)

Stephen Anderson

Vows (Love, Honor, Obey)

2010

Bowling trophies, used books



The marriage vows dissected by the titles of used books stacked below a trophy each with a label; LOVE, HONOR, OBEY

Labeled (Series of 24)

Stephen Anderson

Labeled

2010

Digital print on tee-shirts

24 tee shirts



Posing the question of using one word to describe a positive and negative trait when one thinks of ‘father’ Stephen surveyed friends and family for the one word answers.


These words were then designed by Stephen to convey the words feeling. Then digitally printed onto tee shirts.


The result is to expose or ‘label’ the wearer with what is often hidden or unknown qualities of an individual.

Tied (Series of 18)

Stephen Anderson

Tied

2010

Heat Transfer on men's ties

18 ties


Mug shots of celebrity fathers, heat-transferred on men's ties. 


Breaking down the image of the idealized looked-up-to celebrity, on an item associated with domestication and authority.


  • Bernie Madoff –Fraud
  • Larry King –Grand Larceny
  • David Bowie–Pot Possession
  • Nick Nolte–DUI
  • Kobe Bryant–Felony Sexual Assault
  • Kid Rock–Battery
  • Charlie Sheen–Domestic Violence
  • Frank Sinatra–Adultery
  • Michael Jackson–Child Molestation
  • Van Winkle–Domestic Battery 
  • OJ Simpson–Murder
  • Mel Gipson–DUI
  • Andy Dick–Drugs and Sexual Battery
  • Phil Spector–Murder
  • Larry Craig–Disorderly Conduct
  • Denis Rodman–Domestic Violence
  • George Carlin–Public Indecency
  • Joey Buttafuoco–Statutory Rape

Material Issues Series

Stephen Anderson

Material Issues

2010

Pop-up collages on hand-cut wood



Be Macho, Man

Stephen Anderson

Be Macho, Man

2010

Video

Duration - 4:45 minutes



Using vintage and modern footage, to weave a humorous narrative on being a man. 


Men That Wear Robes

Stephen Anderson

Men That Wear Robes

2010

Video, fabric

Duration - 00:00:15



There are certain types of men that can get away with wearing robes in public. 




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