Brandon Anschultz “Time Won’t Give Me Time”

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In the wake of the social and psychic shock of the 2016 presidential election, Anschultz—known for the rigorously formalist practice he has pursued for over a decade—has commenced a new body of work, to be shown in its first iteration at Flood Plain, a new, non-profit gallery located in St. Louis’ Gravois Park neighborhood. While Anschultz’s previous work was resolutely non-narrative, the works collected in “Time Won’t Give Me Time” are, for the first time in the artist’s career, explicitly personal, reflecting on his experience growing up as a queer child in early 1980s. In particular, the show examines the deep cultural ambivalences and contradictions vis-à-vis queer people and culture that characterized the era’s broader cultural climate. On the one hand, Anschultz recalls a new sense of possibility for gay youth of the period, who grew up with a novel sense of a broader gay community, as well as non-heteronormative cultural icons like Boy George, who celebrated the joyful creativity of gay club culture and ruled the pop music and music video landscapes. On the other hand, the era also witnessed the AIDS epidemic’s breakthrough into national consciousness, and the trauma of forming a sexual identity while witnessing images of “emaciated men in the final stages of AIDS, both pitied and reviled on Oprah” is strongly present within these works as well.

In “Time Won’t Give Me Time,” Anschultz dives into this tense juncture between pain and possibility, examining it through the lenses of personal memory and the art and culture of the time. The show’s works on paper, sculptures, and paintings pull inspiration from the artist’s family photos, popular culture, gay porn, and the lives and careers of openly gay artists of the time such as Peter Hujar and David Wojanrowicz. Infusing the formalist interests that informed his earlier practice with a new sense of political urgency and personal import, “Time Won’t Give Me Time” sees one of St. Louis’ most thoughtful and disciplined artists entering an exciting new phase in his career.

 

Brandon Anschultz was born and raised in Arkansas and received his BFA in painting and drawing from Louisiana Tech University in 1997 and his MFA with a concentration in printmaking and drawing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. His 2014 exhibition project Suddenly Last Summer was one of three chosen for inclusion in the 2014 Great Rivers Biennial at the Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis. Anschultz has exhibited widely in solo and group shows throughout St. Louis, Missouri, and the United States, including shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles.


 “Time Won’t Give Me Time” opens with a public reception on November 4, 2017, from 6-9pm. Open hours will be held Wednesdays and Saturdays 12-5pm and by appointment. Viewing appointments may be scheduled by email at floodplaingallery@gmail.com.