Andrew Schoultz’s art is filled with chaotic imagery, expressing a rather dystopian vision through a variety of techniques, from sculpture to collage, street art to installations to paintings. Featured here on our blog, his eclectic work cultivates an arsenal of personal symbolism: fragments of dollar bills, fractured Grecian urns, ripped American flags, war horses, and slave ships are just a few of the symbols he uses to juxtapose Western culture with allusions to conflict and exploitation.
The group exhibition “Major Work” at Chandran Gallery in San Francisco features a select group of fourteen artists who are making some of the biggest impacts in contemporary art. The participants are particularly well known for consistently reinventing their own approach to art-making: Alicia McCarthy, Aaron Noble (HF Vol. 5), Kelsey Brookes, Revok, James Marshall aka “Dalek” (HF Vol. 15), Sam Friedman, Eric Yahnker, Mark Dean Veca (HF Vol. 23), Saber, Hilary Pecis, Tim Biskup (HF Vol. 2), Eric White, Allison Schulnik, and Andrew Schoultz, who curated the exhibit.
We recently reviewed Andrew Schoultz’s solo show at Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco, “Blown to Bits,” where he reflected on the chaos of world events through an apocalyptic lens. This past week, Empire Seven Studios commissioned Schoultz to do a mural in San Jose, CA that touches upon some of the same themes. Schoultz is an artist with his personal arsenal of symbolic motifs. In viewing his work across various media — from street art to installations to paintings — cohesive ideas begin to emerge through the recurring imagery. Schoultz juxtaposes symbols of wealth and grandeur — like Grecian vases, tigers, gold coins, and ships — with chaotic line work that resembles explosions. His work signals at a civilization in decline, mired by its own greed and hubris.
Andrew Schoultz ruminates on the decline of Western civilization and the impulse to conquer in his current solo show at San Francisco’s Hosfelt Gallery, “Blown to Bits.” The exhibition features several site-specific installations as well as new paintings and works on paper.