Andy Coolquitt, ‘Miles’, 2014, Anat Ebgi

About Andy Coolquitt

Working with scavenged objects, like beer cans, lengths of fabric, metal pipes, and lighters, Andy Coolquitt assembles sculptures meant to foster social connections and provide comfort and assistance. Though Coolquitt aims to reach out to his viewers and encourage them to interact with one another, his works have a sardonic, absurdist edge. In A Nice Soft Place for Meeting People (2010), he mounts a soft, velour-covered cushion on the wall. The cushion is large enough to accommodate multiple people, who are invited to rest against it and have a conversation. In other sculptures, Coolquitt takes on Minimalism with a DIY twist—broomsticks, light bulbs, plastic toys, and cigarette lighters come together in playful, seemingly carefree configurations. His installations often appear casual or hurried, infusing the subtle works and straightforward materials with a sense of life and aggression.

American, b. 1964, Mesquite, Texas, based in Austin, Texas

Fair History on Artsy

Lisa Cooley at Frieze New York 2015
Lisa Cooley at NADA Miami Beach 2014