With selections from some of John Schulz’s print series (including Some Dos & More Don’ts, Random House Woodcuts, and Four Out of Five Senses), his Floating World exhibit opened Jan. 27 at Gelb Exhibition Gallery in George Washington Hall at Phillips Academy.
More than 25 works by Schulz are included in the exhibit as it's a delectable sampling of the artist’s expertise with the printmaking processes of a color woodcut, xerography and screen printing.
Turning to the "low" end of visual culture, Schulz transforms common images by systematic random sampling, cut-ups, juxtapositions, and contextual shifts. Using an ironic and illogical visual language, his work reveals aspects of the banal that are disquieting and wryly humorous, conveying a sense of psychic anxiety reflecting the uncertainty of contemporary life.
The bulk of his source materials are culled from an ever-expanding collection of secondhand books, magazines, comics, catalogues, roadside trash, and other cast-off visual detritus.
Schulz has taught Printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University since 1995. He earned his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Superior; began graduate study in painting at University of Texas-San Antonio, and finished his MFA in Printmaking at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As well as the Museum School, he has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Appalachian State University, and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
For information about Schulz visit www.johnschulz.us.
For exhibition information contact Emily Trespas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gallery is open during school business hours and is handicapped accessible.