Andy Coolquitt, kandy, 2014, lighter parts, glass dish, 11 1/2 × 11 1/2".

Andy Coolquitt

Lisa Cooley

Andy Coolquitt, kandy, 2014, lighter parts, glass dish, 11 1/2 × 11 1/2".

An extended investigation into the character and qualities of things-in-the-world, Andy Coolquitt’s practice situates objects in compelling, provocative reciprocity with the viewer. Coolquitt is at base a committed devotee of stuff—what its most acute modern theorizer, Martin Heidegger, referred to as Zeug, a slippery word that sometimes ends up being rendered as “equipment”—and the Austin-based artist’s unusual skills as a bricoleur stem from his willingness to follow various materials where they lead, even as he continually imagines some other form of presence into which they might be encouraged to emerge. The artist’s assemblages of paraphernalia are often bare—cobbled from tubing, lightbulbs, plastic boxes, and scraps of wood; items of clothing, strips of fabric, hunks of shag-carpet toilet-seat cover—yet his generous, conjectural mode of presentation

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