Anderson utilizes print-media and arts-based-research to explore philosophical inquiry methodologies. He primarily focuses on the mediation of socially constructed images on identity formation as it relates to black masculinity and celebrity. In 2018, Noel was awarded the NYFA artist fellowship grant and the prestigious Jerome Prize. His solo exhibition Blak Origin Moment debuted at the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati) in February 2017 and travelled to the Hunter Museum of American Art in October 2019. His first monograph, Blak Origin Moment, was also recently published.
These objects and displays are the ground for images captured from archival and contemporary sources. Both bureaucratic and commercial references seek to make the tapestry more than a surface. These are sites where body politics and myth combine as networks of manipulation. Through the investigation of process the viewer may anticipate police looming behind black male bodies standing in a line, and public artifacts looming in the social consciousness.