New York

Andrea Bowers

Andrew Kreps Gallery

In a 2003 interview, the Los Angeles–based artist Andrea Bowers noted of her work that “it was just a matter of time before documenting people’s actions turned into documenting people’s activism.” In fact, it was within this same year that she began to incorporate overtly political themes into her drawings and videos, shifting her focus from crowd dynamics and spectatorship to the direct-action protests of the 1970s and ’80s. In recent exhibitions, Bowers has examined abortion activism and the AIDS Memorial Quilt through a feminist lens. For her first solo show in New York since 2004, she took up a perhaps less emotional but just as transformative issue––global warming––and used the context of the gallery as a platform for consciousness raising, drawing attention to a small Native American community living on the southern edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

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