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Sculpture or Painting Cornelia Schulz at Project 4


									January 18, 2010

Sculpture or Painting? Cornelia Schulz at Project 4

by Tara Heuser

The current exhibition at Project 4 art gallery exudes a lovely
combination of contemporary theory and mid century style. The
featured artist is San Francisco based abstract painter Cornelia
Schulz. When looking at these fresh, innovative paintings it is
hard to imagine that Schulz has been exhibiting work since 1962.
While Cornelia Schulz’s technique has recently become more
geometrically complex, a person unacquainted with her work
might mistakenly assume Schulz was part of a younger                         Inexplicable," by Cornelia Schulz

generation of artists.

                                         Each of the eleven paintings presently on display are comprised of
                                         multiple canvases assembled by the artist creating a sculptural
                                         effect. It is understood that Cornelia Schulz stretched and painted each
                                         canvas separately with an idea in mind of what overall shape the
                                         finished work of art will assume. The individual paintings are composed
                                         of three to five small, rectilinear canvases that have been attached to
                                         form one unified shape. However, a few of Schulz’s more recent pieces
                                         contain one canvas with a rounded edge that she juxtaposes with the
                                         rectilinear canvases. This seemingly small change provides a
 “Learning Curve”                        significantly more complex overall shape, which I found to be softer and
                                         more visually interesting. When viewed from afar, Schulz’s paintings
                                         almost appear to be painted sculptures and it is unclear whether she
                                         used canvas or another textile such as wood. Only when viewing her
                                         work in person can one tell the surface material is canvas. Cornelia
                                         Schulz’s work challenges the traditional idea of what constitutes a
                                         sculptural piece versus that of a painting on canvas. This is one way
                                         Schulz’s work reflects that of a potentially younger, emerging artist.

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                                         There are aspects of Cornelia Schulz’s work, however, that are
                                         reminiscent of the art that was being produced during the 1960s, the
                                         time in which she was educated. At least one canvas in each work is
                                         comprised solely of flat, geometric shapes painted on top of a white or
                                         cream background, reminiscent of such iconic sixties artists such as
                                         Frank Stella and Barnett Newman. Schulz juxtaposes the canvases
                                         containing geometrically shaped paintings with those that display a
                                         much more abstract, organic design with heavy impasto.

 “Red Leaves”

Again, when viewing from afar the multiple layers of paint go unappreciated. The combination of
clearly defined geometric shapes mixed with fluid abstraction painted on multiple canvases of
varying shapes and sizes produces a overall contemporary vision that is unique to Cornelia

The impact of these innovative, intricate pieces cannot be fully realized by online viewing and
should be viewed in person.

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