Department of Art and Art History News

Andy Coolquitt artist-in-residence at Chinati

Alumnus Andy Coolquitt was the artist-in-residence at The Chinati Foundation in the months of April and May. At the completion of his residency, Coolquitt displayed two projects at the Chinati Locker Plant. Multi-Marfa Room and Object Activation Exercise both demonstrate Coolquitt's use of found objects and arrangement to present formal abstractions and the domestic traces humans leave behind.

The Multi-Marfa Room was an installation of found objects ranging from wire, metal, and wood to empty picture frames, brooms, and toy balls. The Object Activation Exercise project presents Coolquitt standing in junk yards, located in and around Marfa, and heaving objects into the air. Keeping with his tradition of collaboration, the photographs were taken by graduates from the Department of Art and Art History and other artists.

Installation of found objects in room
Andy Coolquitt, Multi-Marfa Room, 2014, The Locker Plant, Marfa TX

Detail image of stone, chair stands, painted glass in gallery
Andy Coolquitt, Multi-Marfa Room, 2014, The Locker Plant, Marfa TX

Detail image of stone and painted glass in gallery
Andy Coolquitt, Multi-Marfa Room, 2014, The Locker Plant, Marfa TX

Artist throwing object into air at junk yard
Andy Coolquitt, Object Activation Exercise #11 - Chinati JunkDump, 2014, Photo: Christopher Whiteburch

Artist throwing folding chair at junk yard
Andy Coolquitt, Object Activation Exercise #9 - Terlingua JunkDump, 2014. Photo: Sean Gaulager

Artist throwing object into air at junk yard
Andy Coolquitt, Object Activation Exercise #19 - Godbold JunkPile, 2014. Photo: Taylor Swan