Sanford Biggers works in New York. He studied at Moorhouse College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His works are mainly sculptural installations of unusually varied sources: eastern religions, grass-roots expressions of the black experience, process art of the 1970's, city street culture, and new technologies. He uses materials usually thrown away or unnoticed: linoleum, sawdust, recyclable materials - an approach inspired by a Japanese aesthetic system that adores the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Biggers tries to encourage the viewer to re-evaluate everyday experiences, to appreciate more about the artifacts of life than merely their assigned function. Mixing the antique with the contemporary, the local with the global, he shows that all cultures and people are connected.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Berkeley Art Museum; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Cabaret Mago, Nagoya, Japan (1997); Wright Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles (1996)
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2002 Whitney Biennial, Freestyle at The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York City; One Planet Under a Groove at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Clockwork, New York City 2000; P.S.1 National and International Studio Program 1999-2000, Clocktower Gallery, New York City (2000).