Andreas Schulze

Le Case D'Arte

Like composites, collages, or montages, Andreas Schulze’s paintings present images of radically different origins. The “real” in these works—a carton of Merit cigarettes, a pair of mirrored sunglasses, a lemon, or a lantern—are familiar objects of collective experience or memory. However, these “real” images, which belong to no one and everyone simultaneously, are removed from their familiar contexts. Thus the viewer can’t read them as references to the artist’s—or anyone’s—unique experience. Schulze has pushed “reality” into the meaningless realm of information; these collaged or montaged images spiral back toward the site of their removal, their original territory—the mundane, nonexistent everywhere. And the images in these works that are not familiar or common are similarly inscrutable. They seem to refer to an experience of the artist, but one that he chooses to keep to himself.


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