September 6 - October 4, 2003
Aaron Noble and Andrew Schoultz
Wall Paintings
Track 16 Gallery presents artists Aaron Noble and Andrew Schoultz as they execute wall paintings together and separately. Noble and Schoultz will have just returned from working on a mural project in Jakarta, Indonesia, to produce the work for this exhibition within the gallery space. The exhibition runs from September 6 through October 4, 2003, with an opening reception on September 6 from 6 to 8 P.M.
As he became more politically active and community oriented, Aaron Noble co-founded the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) in 1992 to support community mural activities in the San Francisco Mission district. His wall paintings incorporate superhero body partsmorphed, stretched, and free floating that fuse the density of comics with graffitiÍs framelessness and scale. In 2001, he began working with Andrew Schoultz on China Basin Mural, a three-month, block long illicit collaboration in San Francisco. Noble had his first museum exhibition at the UCLA Hammer in 2002, and has subsequently shown his work at Blum & Poe in Santa Monica and Stephen Wirtz in San Francisco.
Andrew Schoultz uses a repertoire of iconic images in his murals, filtering political commentary through the forms of graffiti and comics. At Track 16 Schoultz will address environmental issues (natural vs. man-made disasters) as well as psychological issues (selflessness as opposed to selfishness) using some of his past imagery (elephants, birds, birdhouses, bottles, etc.) and newer imagery. Currently working in Jakarta with other muralistsincluding Aaron Noblealongside the Indonesian artist group Apotik Komik, through his art,Schoultz seeks to engage the world in a dialogue. He has exhibited his work in San Francisco at Southern Exposure, Bucheon Gallery, New Langton Arts, the Luggage Store, Balazo Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and many public spaces throughout the city, including Balmy Alley, Clarion Alley, LeBeau Nob Hill Market, and Moss Street Studio. He has also had work included in exhibitions at the Detroit Contemporary; Camp Fig in Austin, Texas, and AND Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota. He currently teaches high school students at Precita Eyes Mural Center in San Francisco.
In order to create their works for this exhibition, Noble and Schoultz will occupy the gallery space for fourteen days prior to the opening. The press is cordially invited to view the work in progress and/or interview the artists prior to the opening; please call the gallery to schedule an appointment.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a panel discussion including the artists will be held on the topic, "The Graffiti Impulse in Sanctioned Public Art." For more information, please call Track 16 Gallery 310.264.4678.