Norman Andersen lives in South Minneapolis where he has been producing his electric sound sculpture for nearly 40 years. At his alternative studio in Cable, Wisconsin, he has been creating outdoor kinetic and sound sculpture for the past 25 years. Andersen has exhibited his work throughout the United States, and also in Canada, Europe, and Japan. He has received numerous grants, awards, fellowships, and public art commissions.
The transistor was developed about the time I was born, and with it came a technological explosion. I have matured alongside a world of automation, and I have engaged it by both default and choice. Machines, art, music, science, and electricity have all held an attraction for me since my earliest childhood. My relationship with technology is long-standing, comfortable, and yet, critical. I love industrial forms, surplus stores, musical instruments, and sound.
Using acoustic sound sources and electro-mechanical or wind-powered systems, I create kinetic and performing objects ranging from slow and soothing to chaotic and humorous. I work with form, function, motion, and sound in an effort to explore the fringes and synthesis of sculpture, music, and the interface of the natural and the industrial.
Mine is a process of choice: I collect, combine, and present. If I do these things well, the viewer leaves the experience of my work with something more than they came.