Stick Around for Joy
June 11 – September 26, 2010
Laumeier Sculpture Park Galleries
Laumeier Sculpture Park, in collaboration with Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, presents Brandon Anschultz: Stick Around for Joy, in the eighth installment of the Kranzberg Exhibition Series which features artists from the St. Louis region each year. Anschultz describes his work as the intersection of painting and sculpture—a juncture that will serve as the basis for his installations throughout the galleries. A series of brand-new works by Anschultz will relate to the domestic nature of the former estate house at Laumeier. Following its run at Laumeier, the exhibition will inaugurate “The River Between Us” series by travelling to Longue Vue where Anschultz will reconfigure the work to respond to Longue Vue’s unique spaces. Anschultz’s exhibition will meander through Laumeier’s indoor galleries and also include the artist’s first outdoor artwork—his largest-scale sculpture to date.
The title of the exhibition, Stick Around for Joy, is taken from the Sugarcubes' 1992 album of the same name. "The album and the band were really important to me at the pivotal time coming out of high school, entering college and deciding to become an artist,” said Anschultz. “A punk band from Iceland was about as far as you could get in Judsonia, Arkansas…”
Brandon Anschultz was born in Judsonia, Arkansas and currently lives and works in St. Louis. He received his BFA from Louisiana Tech University and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Anschultz has had recent solo exhibitions at the Center of Creative Arts, White Flag Projects, and Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis; @Space Contemporary in Santa Ana, California; and Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. Recent group exhibitions include Front Desk Apparatus in New York; Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles; the Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri; The Dolphin Gallery and Urban Culture Project’s La Esquina, in Kansas City and Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan.
Exhibition Opening Reception: June 11, 2010, 6–8 PM (Free)
Artist Gallery Talk: September 8, 2010, 6 PM (Free)
Laumeier Sculpture Park Indoor Galleries
Brandon Anschultz will present a gallery talk for the general public and will be joined by Joe Baker, Director and Chief Curator at Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans. Together they will discuss the meaning of the work created in response to the two historic homes of Laumeier and Longue Vue.
Brandon Anschultz: Double Stack, 2010, oil, acrylic on canvas, plaster, 65 x 25 x 16" [foreground] and The Brain, 2009, ground painting, acrylic, 3 x 6 x 6" [background]
Courtesy of the artist and Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis