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Andrew Schoultz, Cataclysmic Mayhem…Capturing the Feelings of the Modern World


Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, 212-243-3822
September 9 - October 7, 2006
Reception: Saturday, September 9, 7 - 9 PM
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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 Historical references include medieval drawings and maps that allude to war and the conquering of new frontiers.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.
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