Andy Coolquitt is a sculptor recognized for his ability to transform found objects, furniture and cultural artifacts by stripping them of their inherent function and meaning and re-presenting them under his own terms. For the Somebody Made
series, Coolquitt collaborates with the “persona” of the found or discarded objects with empathy for the creator and the realization that every detail had to be “just so” to consider it complete. With this understanding, he not only toys with the concept of the “readymade” (a term the artist feels is too dismissive of the maker), but attempts to collapse the perception of the unique object with that of the editioned work.The Somebody Made
series derives from Coolquitt’s fascination with the general need for functionality as he came upon each of the original works in alleyways and thrift shops. The final pieces in the series are clear derivatives of the original, hand-made objects but have been remade according to Coolquitt’s intervention and by the hand of an expert woodworker in a variety of luxurious hard woods. Where glue or nails once joined two slabs of wood, dovetails now prevail; where uneven edges once prevented straight lines, now the unevenness is embraced and enhanced with intention; what was once common pine or chipboard is now black walnut.
Each piece is available in black walnut, pecan, maple, or cherry and is limited to an edition of 50 (inclusive of all variations). All are signed and numbered by the artist.