Former cover artist and recent feature subject in our Juxtapoz Presents video series, Andrew Schoultz is set to open a body of new work at Morgan Lehman Gallery in NYC on September 5. After an impressive summer that saw Schoultz cover the entirety of the back room at the Monterey Museum of Art as a mural, the new work is part of his continuing examination of power and history.
From the gallery: Morgan Lehman Gallery is very pleased to announce artist Andrew Schoultz’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, titled New Work. The exhibition will open September 5, 2013 and run through October 12th, with an opening reception for the artist on September 5th from 6 - 8pm.
Andrew Schoultz’s multi-faceted practice incorporates monumental wall murals, paintings, sculptures and mixed-media installations that investigate the urgency and perplexities of our modern time. Over the past decade, Schoultz has developed a frenetic visual vocabulary that stands to challenge the modern pursuit of accumulation and power. Dense with historical symbols of war, spirituality, and imperialism, Schoultz’s work serves as a metaphor for contemporary American society, destined to repeat the errors of its past. Juxtaposing influences from 15th century German map making and Persian miniature paintings with highly-stylized graffiti and street art, Schoultz further cultivates this conversation between the past and present.
Often re-appropriating objects laden with cultural and historical implications, Schoultz provocatively confronts significant socio-political issues. In Para Trooping Skull Ship (2013), a green sky of $7,000 in shredded US currency cradles a ship with skull painted flags. Meditation Under Stress (2013) also resonates deeply with issues of corporate and political greed and excess, as, in his signature style, an actual American flag appears to drip or bleed in gold. Images of thrashing waters, erupting volcanoes and distressed trees are also prevalent in his new work, reminding us of nature’s devastating fury and recalling the catastrophic realities of global warming. It is through the pulsing repetition of this historically loaded imagery, as it continues to be redefined in the face of a contemporary world, that Schoultz’s cultural, political and environmental commentary can accurately reflect the turmoil of today’s America.