Andy Coolquitt : Solo Exhibition
Artist: Andy Coolquitt Curator: Rachel Adams
March 14th, 2015 – April 26th, 2015
showers/gutters/pipes/channels/drips/drifts/ tubes/runnels/circles/spirals/boards/ponds/ hoses/tunnels/funnels/bubbles/buildings/ bulbs/speakers/fountains/flowers/showers
Coolquitt is a collector. He transforms the found object—often distorting its original use in the process—to create environments and develop relationships specific to the spaces that house his exhibitions. Over the past few decades, Coolquitt has established categories and invented a lexicon to better identify the found objects that comprise his work:
Somebodymades are found assembled objects that Coolquitt scavenges from the streets and exhibits unaltered alongside his own discrete sculptures. “Somebodymades” differ from the artist’s own compilations and may have once had a utilitarian function.
In-between objects are items that do not stand alone, but rather are raw materials that may work their way into sculptures or environments. While these objects support the work, their past lives are also on view, contributing to the complexity of the finished artworks.
Andy arrived to Portland for his five week residency with c3:initiative, an artist-in-residence program connecting creators and communities, and was greeted with fourteen days of solid Pacific Northwest rain. Coolquitt immediately began filming overflowing gutters and pipes in the St. Johns neighborhood. The result at Disjecta is a thematic exhibition of scavenged materials relating to pipes, fountains, hoses and gutters. Visitors follow a prescribed path of wet wooden planks through the gallery space, which has been consumed by a multitude of dripping objects, sounds of rushing water, imagery of pipe sculptures and broken gutters, and actual working fountains Coolquitt fashioned from found materials. Safety mannequins stand guard, reminding the viewer that the exhibition is hazardous. While embracing a more theatrical method of presentation, Coolquitt’s oeuvre is apparent throughout the gallery—collections of pipe elbows, safety sticks, and upside down sinks dot the exhibition, continuing the artist’s intentions of developing new relationships among objects he finds and manipulates.
“This is one of six art shows to see before spring.” The Oregonian
Texas Artist responds to Portland, The Oregonian
Collquitt Showers, Willamette Week
DARK AND MURKY AND JUST LIKE HOME: ANDY COOLQUITT AT DISJECTA, Noise&Color
ANDY COOLQUITT AT DISJECTA, Contemporary Art Daily
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Andy Coolquitt (b. 1964) is perhaps most widely known for a house, a performance/studio/ domestic space that began as his master’s thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, and continues to the present day. In April and May of this year, Coolquitt had an artist-in-residency at the Chinati Foundation, which culminated with an exhibition, Multi-Marfa Room, at the Locker Plant in Marfa, Texas. Recent exhibitions include Burn these eyes captain, and throw them all in the sea! at Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey; The Ghost of Architecture: Recent and Promised Gifts at Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; and Illuminations at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Rachel Adams is an independent curator, writer, and the newly-appointed associate curator for the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. From 2010 to 2013, she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Contemporary Austin, curating a number of exhibitions and video projects, including exhibitions with Seher Shah, Amie Siegel and Ragnar Kjartansson. Prior to moving to Texas, Adams lived in San Francisco and Chicago, curating at Queens Nails Projects and David Cunningham Projects in San Francisco and co-directing Lloyd Dobler Gallery in Chicago from 2006-2008. Her writing has been included in Artforum.com, Arts + Culture Texas, Art Practical, Modern Painters, and Texas Architect. Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More on the CiR program can be found here.