THE TRICKSTER CROW: ARTIST AS DIVINE HEALER
A Critical Review of Matt Schultz’s Exhibition The History of The Division
by Adrienne Foster for Voice of Artist Magazine
During what could be considered as the busiest showing season for artists in Southern Illinois, this year, one particular exhibition seemed to garner special attention from the community. The Southern Illinois University Museum of Carbondale held a truly unique exhibition this past March. From a museum whose exhibits tend to focus on selections of artifacts from the museum collection used for student study, local craft artists, student MFA thesis exhibitions, and traveling shows by well-known artists such as Anselm Adams and Joseph Albers, what I did not expect was an exhibit that would actually seek to transform its audience. Unlike the ceaseless run of postmodernist art that fills most contemporary art galleries and museums—art that has deconstructed the art institution and contemporary society to death without any significant opportunity for rebirth, I was quite refreshed to experience an exhibit that I can only really relate to a spiritual journey. This was titled The History of The Division, an exhibition by Matt Schultz.