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Sketchbook Porn

Sketchbook Porn: Andrew Lamb Schultz

Andrew Lamb Schultz‘s work is humorous, political and queer, tapping into a cartoon world of scathing and cautionary material. His “Faggy Male Nude” is a line drawing of a violet nude, rendered in a manner reminiscent of classic Greek vases or the erotic figures of Cocteau. He also draws melancholic aphorisms on tombstones. 

His style—of the “my child could draw that” ilk—can seem superficially flippant at first, but it ultimately delivers subversive accessibilty. One drawing of a cross-hatched doily (or perhaps just a geometric abstraction) is underlined by the phrase “Being hateful & mean toward women will never mend your mother wounds.” In another drawing of what he calls a “meat puppet paper doll,” the figure’s articulated limbs are splayed across the page, waiting to be cut out and played with—suggesting something troubling in its twinned violence and playfulness. 

“My process is pretty spontaneous,” says Schultz about his sketchbook-keeping. “I try to keep a bank of imagery floating around my head, and pull from it whenever I start a new drawing. I’ve heard it called a visual vocabulary before. I guess if I had a goal for the outcome, it’s usually some sort of balance between pretty and absurd, maybe a little sad, because that’s a reflection of my world view. Visually I am attracted to geometric abstractions and repetitious patterning, and a balance of silence and noise, or activity and rest.” 

 

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