In his predominantly figurative works, Ivan Andersen - who has recently relocated to Denmark after several years spent in Berlin - focuses on seemingly banal architectural motifs: suburban houses, housing estates, parking areas, transit zones (airport, motorways, escalators), etc. Yet nothing betrays the geographical or cultural context of these spaces deprived of any discernable local or regional idiom; on the contrary, the blatant banality of their architectural expression mirrors the rampant standardisation of urban and suburban spaces in the wake of globalisation. This assessment also applies to visual culture, as illustrated by the all-too-familiar references disseminated in Andersen's drawings, paintings and installations.
His work is represented in the Danish collections The New Carlsberg Foundation, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Skive Kunstmuseum, Skive. In 2010 he received the 3-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. Ivan Andersen's works are shown in numerous galleries and museums in Europe; the artist had a recent solo exhibition at Skive NY Kunstmuseum in Denmark (publication of an accompanying catalogue "Fra Grunden/From Scratch") and at Kunstverein Heidenheim in Germany.