In mid-February, David Lusk Gallery-Nashville hosts its first solo exhibition of work by Nashville artist KJ Schumacher. Fragments and a Game of Chance showcases three related working processes pertaining to found mark manipulation. In the most basic sense, these abstract paintings and drawings are about recycling marks, whereas each mark is in itself a singular building block within a process of creation.
In the famous sketchbook note, Jasper Johns instructs himself, ”Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” Similarly, process is the generative engine that fuels Schumacher’s practice, but in this work it is structured within a series of games, rules, and strategies. Fragments and a Game of Chance is comprised of three such series: tape collages over photographs, chance-based paintings, and facsimile works.
Schumacher focuses on making and collecting marks and objects, and representing them in made and found situations inside and outside the studio. This series elaborates on the studio process and builds upon a belief that the physical mark holds an intrinsic importance in human experience.
Schumacher received a B.A. in Fine Art from the George Washington University in Washington and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. He is currently engaged in an MFA at the Transart Institute in New York and Berlin, to be completed in the summer of 2016. This is his first show at David Lusk Gallery.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan Street in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Gallery hours are Tu-Sa 11-5. For further information and visuals contact Sara Estes at 615-780-9990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.