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Pete Schulte: Properties of Dust and Smoke, pt. 2
October 30 - December 21, 2019



Pete Schulte’s abstract drawings have always served as the cornerstone for his other artistic investigations, which include sculpture, site-specific wall drawings, and installations. This exhibition consists exclusively of drawings, many of which were created during a recent two-month residency at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.  The scale of the work is generally small, with most of the drawings ranging from 6 x 6 inches to 12 x 12 inches. There are some notable exceptions, however, including a set of four narrow drawings, up to 93 inches long, employing repeated geometric motifs.  
 
Working predominately in graphite, along with gouache, ink and pigment, Schulte creates pristine and nuanced geometric compositions that are both meditative and mysterious.  Simple shapes, glowing light, and soft color subtly emerge from the paper.  Eschewing mechanical processes, he executes his drawings methodically and entirely by hand.  His approach is intimate and intuitive, with one work often begetting the next while exploring variants of a motif at different scales or with slight shifts in color. The environments he depicts reference geometry and architecture and also harken to such forebears as Emma Kunz, James Bishop, Anne Truitt, and Tantric drawings, while feeling entirely of the present. Schulte notes that, “without irony, I am attempting to craft a life-affirming response to the existential, political, social and ecological catastrophes that currently confront us.”  
 
Pete Schulte (b.1970, Rock Island, IL) received his M.F.A. in painting and drawing from The University of Iowa in 2008.  He resides in Birmingham, AL and is Associate Professor of Art at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  For the past seventeen years he has shown his work in gallery and museum exhibitions across the country and in Europe.  Schulte’s work has been reviewed in Art in America, New Art Examiner, and Maake Magazine, among others.
 
  Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10019
Untitled, 2018
Graphite, gouache and ink on paper
11 x 11 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10044
Untitled, 2019
Graphite on paper
29 x 11 3/4 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10017
Untitled, 2018
Graphite and ink on paper
34 x 34 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10021
Untitled, 2019
Graphite, pigment and ink on paper
11 x 11 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10022
Untitled, 2018
Graphite and pigment on paper
11 x 11 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10015
Untitled, 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
12 x 12 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10030
Untitled, 2019
Graphite, ink and gouache on paper
12 x 12 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10031
Untitled, 2018
Graphite and pigment on paper
10 x 10 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10029
Untitled, 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
11 x 11 inches
  Pete Schulte,Untitled (Lamplighter pt.2) PSC10046
Untitled (Lamplighter pt. 2), 2017
Graphite on paper
11 x 11 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled (Flame VII) PSC10027
Untitled (Flame VII), 2019
Graphite and pigment on paper
18 x 18 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10047
Untitled, 2017
Graphite on paper
11 x 11 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled (Flame IV: Desert Version)  PSC10024
Untitled (Flame IV: Desert Version), 2019
Graphite and pigment on paper
11 x 11 inches
Pete Schulte,Untitled (Lamplighter pt.1) PSC10045
Untitled (Lamplighter pt. 1), 2017
Graphite and ink on paper
11 x 11 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10028
Untitled, 2019
Graphite and pigment on paper
9 x 9 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10023
Untitled, 2019
Graphite and pigment on paper
11 x 11 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10014
Untitled, 2019
Graphite and pigment on paper
9 x 9 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10025
Untitled, 2018
Graphite and pigment on paper
9 x 9 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10018
Untitled, 2018
Graphite, gouache and ink on paper
8 x 8 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10052
Untitled, 2018
Graphite and ink on paper
8 x 8 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10038
Untitled, 2019
Graphite on paper
6 x 6 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10051
Untitled, 2018
Graphite and ink on paper
6 x 6 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10020
Untitled, 2019
Graphite and pigment on paper
10 x 10 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10049
Untitled, 2019
Graphite on paper
10 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10016
Untitled, 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
6 x 6 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10048
Untitled, 2018
Graphite on paper
6 x 6 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled PSC10050
Untitled, 2017
Graphite on paper
5 x 4 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled (Marfa Group I)  PSC10032
Untitled (Marfa Group I), 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
6 x 6 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled (Marfa Group II)  PSC10033
Untitled (Marfa Group II), 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
6 x 6 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled (Marfa Group III)  PSC10034
Untitled (Marfa Group III), 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
6 x 6 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled (Marfa Group IV)  PSC10035
Untitled (Marfa Group IV), 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
6 x 6 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled (Marfa Group V)  PSC10036
Untitled (Marfa Group V), 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
6 x 6 inches
Pete Schulte, Untitled (Marfa Group VI)  PSC10037
Untitled (Marfa Group VI), 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
6 x 6 inches
  Pete Schulte, Untitled (Braid  VI)  PSC10041
Untitled (Braid VI), 2019
Graphite on paper
93 1/4 X 1 3/4 inches
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Pete Schulte, Untitled (Marfa Line)  PSC10026
Untitled (Marfa Line), 2019
Graphite and pigment on paper
92 1/2 X 1 3/4 inches
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Pete Schulte, Untitled (Braid  IV)  PSC10042
Untitled (Braid IV), 2018
Graphite and gouache on paper
87 1/4 X 2 1/2 inches
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  Pete Schulte, Untitled (Braid  V)  PSC10043
Untitled (Braid V), 2019
Graphite and ink on paper
2 1/2 X 91 inches
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