STREET now open! Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
 
San Francisco

Park Life

Exhibition Detail
Ballantyne, Mulroney, Schoultz
220 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118


September 4th, 2009 - October 11th, 2009
Opening: 
September 4th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Chris Ballantyne, Mark Mulroney, Andrew Schoultz: Untitled,
Chris Ballantyne, Mark Mulroney, Andrew Schoultz: Untitled,
2009, Wall mural
© Courtesy of the artist and Park Life
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.parklifestore.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Sunset/Richmond
EMAIL:  
info@parklifestore.com
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Thu 12-8; Fri-Sat 11-9; Sun 12-7
> DESCRIPTION

In this exhibition, a trio of artists express their sensitivities to ecological and social disasters in solo wall murals and collaborative paintings—all offering fantastical, critical views of American landscapes colorfully ravaged by unidentified catastrophes.

Andrew Schoultz, who has previously made paintings, sculptures, and installations with a political edge, here bumps visually into Lari Pittman’s territory with two walls featuring glitter-dusted brick and wood patterns as well as images of viscous, dripping candles. An apocalypse is rendered in repeating and rippling curves that form energy fields, while toppled trees and obelisks that recall skyscrapers communicate 9/11 nightmares of culture on the brink.

Ballantyne’s view of disaster is more placid in his wall painting of blocky multistory buildings partially submerged in calmly rippling blue water—a stoic version of J. G. Ballard’s dystopian 1962 novel, The Drowned World. The artist also incorporates the gallery’s architecture—a hanging pipe cleanly pierces one of his buildings, fittingly enhancing the tone of controlled chaos.

A more whimsical, Saturday-morning-cartoon style inflects Mark Mulroney’s Blue Velvet–esque suburban vision: His mural depicts a modest yard with blocky hedges and rickety fence plagued by a garden pest in the form of blood-red Sue Williams–like spurts that do peculiar things with daisies. The artists merge their related sensibilities in three discrete collaborative paintings that congeal into a more hopeful whole. Installed in the middle of the wall works, the smaller pieces resemble cutaway views, portals to landscapes where the fallout seems heavy yet not irreparable.


Copyright © 2006-2013 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.