Andrea Bowers’ meticulously rendered pencil drawings and videos explore recent histories of art and politics, amplifying ideas about democracy and social engagement. For some fifteen years Bowers has explored individual expression within different socialized contexts, from sports and rock fans to political activists. Her work offers a uniquely feminist critique, avoiding dogmatic expression in favor of a form of dissent that confounds more commonplace notions of radicality.
Andrea Bowers was born in Wilmington, Ohio in 1965, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA in 1992. In 2007 she will have solo exhibitions at Sarah Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, CA; and Secession, Vienna, Austria. Her work has been included in Monuments for the USA, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA (2005); Old News, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, CA (2005); and 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY.