The original inspiration for these collages, paintings, and line drawings are my Nordic heritage, a culture deeply sympathetic to mood. In Norway, mood is rendered through the built form, layered impressions, the mountains, the fjords, and the clouds. Mood is communicated also through the use of indirect and constricted light, a revealing of blurred and muted light that deepens tones and emphasizes its subjects in a different way. Shadows grow deeper as the light becomes cooler, and there is a transformation in vegetation and urban settings as subtle hues express varying shades of darkness. My ability to express variations of Nordic light and texture develops from my personal experiences with topography, vegetation, and under-explored urban settings. Quality of light and form is significant in my work as it conveys mood, often relating my New England subject matter to my cultural past. As an artist, I constantly search the New England landscape for similar expressions of mood. Twilight, abnormal rock formations, clusters of trees branches, rainstorms, swift cloud accumulations, natural and built juxtapositions, narrow views that constricts values of light, and rapidly approaching fronts, all serve to connect me to me Nordic sensibilities.
My photographic work involves capturing crisp colorful forms and patterns, along with unusual and oblique angles and perspectives to bring attention to architectural and cultural scenes. Layered views are also critical; to construct a narrative or hint of mystery with regard to juxtaposed forms. For the most part these works are stand-alone images, and at times they are reference photos of inspiration, contemplation, and amusement.
Outside of the classroom, design work has been the focus of my career, relying on kitchen and room renovations, deck designs, exterior renovations, as well as full-service house construction. I have found it important to ground my teaching in design work, in order to provide students with current trends and ideas in construction, material use, and representation.
Robert C. Anderson was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY (where he attended P.S. 104 and Brooklyn Technical High School in the 1980's), before eventually settling down in Boston, MA. Robert received an M.A. from the Architectural Association of London, a B. Arch. from the Boston Architectural Center, and a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art. He is a trained designer and watercolourist, an historian of architecture, interior design, and art, has a strong affinity for the landscape and history of New England, England, Ireland, and Scandinavia, and has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe. Robert is presently a full-time faculty member at Endicott College, where he teaches Architectural History and Interior Design. Additionally, Robert volunteers as a docent for Boston By Foot, has led guided tours through Historic New England's Walter Gropius House, in Lincoln, MA, has previously taught at the Boston Architectural Center, Mount Ida College, and Salem State College, and has also taught art and woodworking at the Greater Boston Aid to the Blind. He occasionally takes on the design of small residential projects, which he uses to ground his teaching.
In 2007, Robert was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Poland and Russia, where he studied the art and design education systems of both countries. Most recently Robert completed his PhD with Tilburg University (in association with the Taos Institute). His dissertation is titled: "Authenticity and Architecture: Representation and Reconstruction in Context". This work initially began with coursework at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).
In 2009, Robert started his own successful summer tour company called PTown Tours. Please visit the wise site at: www.ptowntours.com
Publications and Presentations:
Anderson, Robert, Book: “The Invention of Architectural Tradition in Norway: As exemplified by the work of Gudolf Blakstad and Herman Munthe-Kaas”, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarsbrücken, Germany, 2011, ISBN: 978-3-639-31952-1.
Anderson, Robert, Paper Presentation: “Reinvention, Hyperreality, and Utopian Nihilism: The Role of Spectacle as a Mitigator of Paradoxical Narratives in Post-historicized Architecture”; “Untitled (After Antonin Nechodoma): Resituating Post-Modernist Architecture”; “The Eyes of the Flâneur as a Means to Zen Awakening: An Architectural Response to the Fixed and the Blurred”; “LeCorbusier, DeChirico, and Classicism”; “Sacco, Venzetti, Shaun, Obama, and The New Red Scare”; and “Sexuality, Feminism, and Art”. Presented at IDSVA, New York City, NY and Spannocchia, Italy: Summer 2008, Summer 2010, and Winter, 2011.
Anderson, Robert, “Journey to Poland and Russia”, public lecture and discussion at the Quincy Public Library, Quincy, MA. Presented: February 25, 2008.
Anderson, Robert, “Reflections on a Fulbright Scholarship: Russian Architecture, History, and (Re)Invention”, public lecture and discussion at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA. Presented: February 3, 2008.
Anderson, Robert, “On the Edge of Western Art and Architecture”, submittal and publication by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright Scholarship. Submitted: November 30, 2007.
Anderson, Robert, “On the Edge of Western Art and Architecture”, public lecture and discussion at Endicott College, which coincided with the completion of the 2007 Polish and Russian Fulbright Scholarship research portion of the program. Presented: November 27, 2007.
Theokas, Andrew, “Grounds for Review: The Garden Festival in Urban Planning and Design”, 2004, Liverpool University Press, (ISBN: 0853235392). Received photographic credit and an acknowledgement of research and editing assistance.
Anderson, Robert, "Munthe-Kaas and Blakstad: Functionalism and the Invention of Tradition in Norway", presentation review article in: Architectural Association (AA) Projects Review 01/02, July 2002, Architectural Association, (ISBN: 1 902902 28 9 and ISBN 0265-4644).
Anderson, Robert, "Munthe-Kaas and Blakstad: Functionalism and the Invention of Tradition in Norway", paper presentation: Architectural Association (AA), London, June 2002.
Anderson, Robert, "Issues of Plagiarism and Originality in Architecture", paper presentation: Architectural Association (AA), London, February 2002.
Anderson, Robert and Lamont, Rosemary, "Aldo Rossi: Architecture as Landscape", paper presentation: Architectural Association (AA), London, October 2001.
HABS/HAER, "The Architecture of Georgetown", Ink-on-Mylar drawings for the National Park Service, Washington, DC, placed on permanent file in the Library of Congress.
Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland (and Northern Ireland), Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.