Andy Coolquitt, ‘ruby 44/From ga/Age Over 60/Gender Female/How often do you shop at jcpenney? Frequently/Recommends this product? No’, 2013, Diana Lowenstein Gallery

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

Group Shows on Artsy

Cathedrals of Consumption, Spinello Projects, Miami
Trilateration, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami
Troy Brauntuch, Andy Coolquitt, Jeff Williams, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin
Duckrabbit, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles