AC-2010-WeCareAboutYou-Install1 Installation view: Andy Coolquitt, <em>We Care About You</em>, 2010

Installation view: Andy Coolquitt, We Care About You, 2010

AC-2010-WeCareAboutYou-Install2 Installation view: Andy Coolquitt, <em>We Care About You</em>, 2010

Installation view: Andy Coolquitt, We Care About You, 2010

AC145-SoftPlace Andy Coolquitt;  <em>A nice soft place for meeting people;  </em>2010;  Wood, fabric, and fluff;  33 x 12 x 30 inches ;  Inv# AC145

Andy Coolquitt; A nice soft place for meeting people; 2010; Wood, fabric, and fluff; 33 x 12 x 30 inches ; Inv# AC145

AC142-DWRpicture Andy Coolquitt;  <em>DWR picture;  </em>2010;  Found Plexiglas, frame, metal, wood, tape, and plastic;  75 x 79 x 8 inches;  Inv# AC142

Andy Coolquitt; DWR picture; 2010; Found Plexiglas, frame, metal, wood, tape, and plastic; 75 x 79 x 8 inches; Inv# AC142

AC140-attainableexcellence2 Andy Coolquitt;  <em>attainable excellence #2;  </em>2010;  Metal, wire, and light bulbs;  125 x 46 x 18 inches;  Inv# AC140 

Andy Coolquitt; attainable excellence #2; 2010; Metal, wire, and light bulbs; 125 x 46 x 18 inches; Inv# AC140 

AC144-energyfinder Andy Coolquitt;  <em>Energy Finder;  </em>2010;  Metal, plastic;  90 x 18 x 9.25 inches;  Inv# AC144

Andy Coolquitt; Energy Finder; 2010; Metal, plastic; 90 x 18 x 9.25 inches; Inv# AC144

AC104-ontheside Andy Coolquitt;  <em>on the side;  </em>2009;  Found plastic, pipe, and weights;  30 x 41 x 25 inches;  Inv# AC104

Andy Coolquitt; on the side; 2009; Found plastic, pipe, and weights; 30 x 41 x 25 inches; Inv# AC104

AC130 Andy Coolquitt;  <em>AAPL198GLD107;  </em>2010;  Metal, epoxy, wire, and light bulbs;  53.5 x 2 x 2 inches;  Inv# AC130

Andy Coolquitt; AAPL198GLD107; 2010; Metal, epoxy, wire, and light bulbs; 53.5 x 2 x 2 inches; Inv# AC130

AC051 Andy Coolquitt;  <em>BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB;  </em>2008;  Ceramic, acrylic, epoxy, and found lighters;  72 x 12 x 8 inches;  Inv# AC051

Andy Coolquitt; BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB; 2008; Ceramic, acrylic, epoxy, and found lighters; 72 x 12 x 8 inches; Inv# AC051

AC051-detail Andy Coolquitt;  <em>BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB </em>(detail)<em>;  </em>2008;  Ceramic, acrylic, epoxy, and found lighters;  72 x 12 x 8 inches;  Inv# AC051

Andy Coolquitt; BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB (detail); 2008; Ceramic, acrylic, epoxy, and found lighters; 72 x 12 x 8 inches; Inv# AC051

AC141-secondsouffle Andy Coolquitt;  <em>second souffle;  </em>2010;  Metal, wire, and light bulbs;  32 x 32 x 32 inches;  Inv# AC141

Andy Coolquitt; second souffle; 2010; Metal, wire, and light bulbs; 32 x 32 x 32 inches; Inv# AC141

AC148-screwed Andy Coolquitt;  <em>Screwed;  </em>2010;  Mixed media;  108 x 4 inches;  Inv# AC148

Andy Coolquitt; Screwed; 2010; Mixed media; 108 x 4 inches; Inv# AC148

AC146-chair Andy Coolquitt;  <em>Chair;  </em>2010;  Wood and metal;  96 x 4 x 9 inches;  Inv# AC146

Andy Coolquitt; Chair; 2010; Wood and metal; 96 x 4 x 9 inches; Inv# AC146

AC146-chair-detail Andy Coolquitt;  <em>Chair </em>(detail)<em>;  </em>2010;  Wood and metal;  96 x 4 x 9 inches;  Inv# AC146

Andy Coolquitt; Chair (detail); 2010; Wood and metal; 96 x 4 x 9 inches; Inv# AC146

AC147-ghost Andy Coolquitt;  <em>Ghost;  </em>2010;  Polyester and wood;  86 x 10 x 8 inches;  Inv# AC147

Andy Coolquitt; Ghost; 2010; Polyester and wood; 86 x 10 x 8 inches; Inv# AC147

AC101-goose Andy Coolquitt;  <em>goose;  </em>2009;  Bent red metal rod, wood, wire, and light bulbs;  82 x 9 x 2 inches;  Inv# AC101

Andy Coolquitt; goose; 2009; Bent red metal rod, wood, wire, and light bulbs; 82 x 9 x 2 inches; Inv# AC101

AC143 Andy Coolquitt;  <em>l_____i;  </em>2010;  Metal, light bulb, wire, and fabric ;  76 x 37 x 13 inches;  Inv# AC143

Andy Coolquitt; l_____i; 2010; Metal, light bulb, wire, and fabric ; 76 x 37 x 13 inches; Inv# AC143

AC149 Andy Coolquitt;  <em>  ___</em>
<em>l___l;  </em>;  2010;  Plastic and pushpin;  1 x 1 x .5 inches;  Inv# AC149

Andy Coolquitt;   ___ l___l; ; 2010; Plastic and pushpin; 1 x 1 x .5 inches; Inv# AC149

AC065 Andy Coolquitt
<em>      o%</em>
<em>    o0o%o</em>
<em> 0 o o0o@o</em>
<em>oo0%  o0o0?</em>
<em>  0o0o0%oo</em>
<em>     @00o</em>
2010;  Wig, plastic, metal, wire, and light bulb;  12 x 12 x 6 inches;  Inv# AC065

Andy Coolquitt       o%     o0o%o  0 o o0o@o oo0%  o0o0?   0o0o0%oo      @00o 2010; Wig, plastic, metal, wire, and light bulb; 12 x 12 x 6 inches; Inv# AC065

AC099-I=O Andy Coolquitt;  <em>I=O stickpole;  </em>2009;  Metal, clear light bulb;  96 x 9 x 9 inches;  Inv# AC099

Andy Coolquitt; I=O stickpole; 2009; Metal, clear light bulb; 96 x 9 x 9 inches; Inv# AC099

AC099-I=O-detail Andy Coolquitt;  <em>I=O stickpole </em>(detail)<em>;  </em>2009;  Metal, clear light bulb;  96 x 9 x 9 inches;  Inv# AC099

Andy Coolquitt; I=O stickpole (detail); 2009; Metal, clear light bulb; 96 x 9 x 9 inches; Inv# AC099

AC100-o^rstickpole Andy Coolquitt
<em>o^r stickpole</em>
2009
Metal, red light bulb
96 x 9 x 9 inches

Andy Coolquitt o^r stickpole 2009 Metal, red light bulb 96 x 9 x 9 inches

AC100-o^rstickpole-detail Andy Coolquitt;  <em>o^r stickpole </em>(detail);  2009;  Metal, red light bulb;  96 x 9 x 9 inches;  Inv# AC100

Andy Coolquitt; o^r stickpole (detail); 2009; Metal, red light bulb; 96 x 9 x 9 inches; Inv# AC100

AC133-Gyro Andy Coolquitt;  <em>GYRO40.04;  </em>2010;  Metal, wire, epoxy, and light bulb;  107 x 2 x 2 inches;  Inv# AC133

Andy Coolquitt; GYRO40.04; 2010; Metal, wire, epoxy, and light bulb; 107 x 2 x 2 inches; Inv# AC133

AC103-0+0 Andy Coolquitt;  <em>0+0;  </em>2009;  Carpet, wood, metal, and light bulbs;  25 x 27 x 25 inches;  Inv# AC103

Andy Coolquitt; 0+0; 2009; Carpet, wood, metal, and light bulbs; 25 x 27 x 25 inches; Inv# AC103

AC030-wecareaboutyou Andy Coolquitt;  <em>we care about you;  </em>2008;  Metal, wire, epoxy, light bulb, plastic, and yarn;  63 x 20 x 9 inches;  Inv# AC030

Andy Coolquitt; we care about you; 2008; Metal, wire, epoxy, light bulb, plastic, and yarn; 63 x 20 x 9 inches; Inv# AC030

AC134-endlesslighter Andy Coolquitt;  <em>Endless Lighter (Bubbs);  </em>2010;  Found lighters, epoxy, and steel rod;  96 x 1 x .5 inches;  Inv# AC134

Andy Coolquitt; Endless Lighter (Bubbs); 2010; Found lighters, epoxy, and steel rod; 96 x 1 x .5 inches; Inv# AC134

AC135-tempperm Andy Coolquitt;  <em>TEMP/PERM;  </em>2010;  Plastic, wood, string, rubber, fabric, and paper;  36 x 24 x 16 inches;  Inv# AC135

Andy Coolquitt; TEMP/PERM; 2010; Plastic, wood, string, rubber, fabric, and paper; 36 x 24 x 16 inches; Inv# AC135

AC135-tempperm-detail Andy Coolquitt;  <em>TEMP/PERM </em>(detail)<em>;  </em>2010;  Plastic, wood, string, rubber, fabric, and paper;  36 x 24 x 16 inches;  Inv# AC135

Andy Coolquitt; TEMP/PERM (detail); 2010; Plastic, wood, string, rubber, fabric, and paper; 36 x 24 x 16 inches; Inv# AC135

Lisa Cooley is pleased to present Andy Coolquitt’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, We Care About You. The exhibition opens on Sunday, May 9, 2010 and continues through June 27. A reception for the artist will be held on May 9, from 6 until 8 pm. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, a  72-page, hard-bound, full color catalogue of Coolquitt’s work will be published. Also titled We Care About You, the catalogue will include an essay by Claire Barliant. A catalogue release will precede the opening, from 4 until 6 pm, also on Sunday, May 9.

Andy Coolquitt’s abstract, linear sculptures made of joined pipes, broom handles, discarded lighters, beer bottles, light bulbs, straws, and crayons, are minimalist, ordered rearrangements of the raw world from which their components are sourced. Human-scaled and oddly anthropomorphic, Coolquitt’s work relates to the body in scale and form. Many times the works are functional, but Coolquitt is more interested in their dysfunction and their tenuous relationship with practicality. 

We Care About You includes significant new sculptures that plumb Coolquitt’s alchemical bricolage. attainable excellence #2 is a lanky rod of transformed pipes that leans against the wall. A u-shaped pipe at the bottom forms two feet, and four light bulbs create an illuminated halo. The sculpture has a refined DIY aesthetic that channels its titular optimism.

I'm telling you what is a multi-element sculpture that includes a bench banded with brightly striped fabric, a light bulb piece, and two varicolored staffs. Each component is made of found materials. Despite their disparate origins, a cohesive internal rhythm reveals Coolquitt's unified, transformational sensibility. 

Coolquitt shows these discrete sculptures alongside non-art objects, reinvestigating a theme in his practice of immersive environments. Found objects hang from the ceiling and commune with the finished works. The former are not “ready-mades”, which would both steep them in art history and claim them as Coolquitt’s own. Instead, he calls them “somebody mades” because “another human designed and constructed them” Also included are “inbetween objects” which are in the process of becoming – or resisting becoming – resolved pieces. 

The result juxtaposes what Coolquitt terms “three levels of the life of the object.” Among these ruminations on objecthood, Coolquitt revisits a work from 1991.Titled a nice soft place for meeting people…, a plush shelf at elbow height encourages viewers to lean, converse, and interact. This shared experience embodies the connections between both people and materials that define Coolquitt’s oeuvre. 

Andy Coolquitt was born in Texas in 1964. He lives and works between New York and Austin, Texas. He attended UCLA and the University of Texas, Austin. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe, most recently with a solo show at Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco. In 2011, Coolquitt will have a solo exhibition at the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston in Texas accompanied by a catalogue. Upcoming group exhibitions include an exhibition at Galleria Zero, Milan, Italy andIlluminations, organized by Matthew Higgs, at  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York.