Capturing the Feelings of the Modern World
New paintings, drawings, and installations
Opening reception - Saturday, September 9th, 7pm-9pm
September 9, 2006
through October 7, 2006
"Cataclysmic Mayhem...Capturing the Feelings of the Modern World"
On View September 9th - October 7th, 2006
Opening Reception Saturday October 9th, 2006 from 7 p.m - 9 p.m.
New York, NY August 2006 – This September 2006 Jonathan LeVine Gallery will present Cataclysmic Mayhem…Capturing the Feelings of the Modern World, a solo exhibit of new paintings, drawings and installations by California-based artist Andrew Schoultz. The exhibition will be on view from September 9th through October 7th with an opening reception held on Saturday, September 9th from 7pm to 9pm.
For Cataclysmic Mayhem…Capturing the Feelings of the Modern World, Andrew Schoultz focuses on capturing an overall mood. Connotations and literal references of modern day events relate to a larger perspective of human emotions. He includes symbols of hope amidst a kinetic cultural chaos. Andrew Schoultz depicts such underlying themes as the resilience of nature and the beautiful dichotomy between man and his relationship with nature. His new works will comment on current tragic and catastrophic global politics and environmental and economic concerns.
For the exhibition, Andrew Schoultz will create a three-dimensional installation and sculpture of a red brick structure, half-factory and half-industrial prison complex. Part of the sculpture will be painted on wooden panel and part painted directly onto the wall in a seamless manor. His exhibition will include a large number of paintings on wood panel, ranging in sizes, as well as mixed media works on paper.
Andrew Schoultz uses images of American and foreign currency to heighten thematic content and sentiment. Historical references include medieval drawings and maps that allude to war and the conquering of new frontiers. He merges self-trained folk art styles and Indian and Islamic miniature painting techniques with contemporary influences of comics and graffiti to create a distinctive new art form. Through stylistic renderings, skewed perspective, vibrant colors and delicate details Andrew Schoultz conveys a sense of urgency in his works. His painstaking care for details elicits a powerful energy and narrative motion. Complex, restless compositions and old drawing techniques further parlay the correlation with current global tensions, contemporary politics, and artistic styles. Ultimately, Andrew Schoultz achieves a cultural worldview from a singular perspective, inviting viewers to draw their own conclusions from each narrative.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
For Andrew Schoultz, art is an uncontrollable passion and obsession. After many travels around the United States experiencing skateboarding and graffiti art, Andrew Schoultz settled in San Francisco in 1997. He graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Although heavily interested in showing work and doing large multi-media installations in the gallery and museum setting, Andrew Schoultz has spent a tremendous amount of time doing murals and various works in the streets of America and abroad. Among solo and group shows at galleries around the country, including the Boston Center for the Arts, Andrew Schoultz has been awarded prestigious grants from The Portland Main Public Art Fund and Neighborhood Beautification Award for his mural projects in San Francisco. Recently His works have been published in a variety of magazines and newspapers including Art Week, San Francisco Weekly, Alarm, McSweeney’s, and Dan’s Papers. Ulysses: Departures, Journeys and Returns, a new book by Andrew Schoultz and published by Paper Museum Press, will be released in October 2006.