For VOLTA 2017, Joshua Liner Gallery presents a solo booth for Californian artist, Andrew Schoultz. As always, Schoultz is using this opportunity to comment on timely social and political themes such as powerful empires, and the economic growth, gentrification and globalization of our cultures and commodities. Through his visual lexicon of symbols of power, Schoultz illustrates a world, imbued with imagery such as Trojan horses, Viking ships, currency, set among bands of color, alluding to historical tapestries and aesthetics. Schoultz connects a timeless narrative that highlights the tumultuous current state of politics, while reminding us of the historical foundations.
The proposal for VOLTA 2017, is a relevant project that will continue these themes, while expanding and connecting them into direct contemporary moments. An ongoing project for Schoultz gains new momentum in contemporary America, with an installation of American flags, outsourced and made in China. In the process of modifying the flags with metals and nods to natural commodities, Schoultz calls into question the effectiveness of ongoing globalization of resources and our most powerful national symbol. Presented in a booth painted gold, amidst an opulent setting, this booth creates an infinity of flags set within the tone of Versailles opulence, alluding to current dangers found in stumble towards an empire. In the center of the booth, lays an iconic golden monument, which will be both pristine in gold; a prophecy of the ego, and its fragility upon these symbols of power.
Restructuring the concept of the white walls of an art fair booth, Schoultz has transformed the space into something fresh and new. Schoultz’s work rests on the hope that the viewer engages with these broader concept – not just the singular pieces.
Prior to living in Los Angeles, Andrew Schoultz lived and worked in San Francisco for 17 years. It was here where his work found focus and he was able to strengthen and grow his practice. Moving to the city at the end of the nineties, he found inspiration with a strong art scene that included Barry McGee and Chris Johanson- artists whose style became highly influential for Schoultz. Taking in these aesthetic influences, Schoultz expanded upon them into the public sphere with large murals that can still be seen throughout the city. This public portion of his practice, remains an important element for Schoultz. With murals now worldwide, Schoultz is able to engage a broad audience with his art, removing it from the confines of only the private or commercial sector.