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Multi-Channel: an Exhibition in Flux: Andrew Jacob Schell
January 20, 2012 - March 3, 2012
“Multi-Channel” by Andrew Jacob Schell is an environment of paintings, performances, sound,
video surveillance and Internet presence. Schell’s ideas regarding systems, artificial
organism structures, interactions of parts within the whole, and control vs. chance will be
expanded on and tested within the gallery space. The site of the gallery will function as an art
laboratory for experimentation as the exhibition continues to evolve over the six-week period.
The viewers will be able to both witness the artist at work and the evolution of the installation.
Thus the visitors to the gallery will become active participants in the process, affecting the work
by their presence within the environment.
Schell approaches his work from the position of a “tinkerer” or an experimental scientist with a strong
interest in industrial design, architecture, and media manipulation. In this exhibition, Schell
questions the support structures that we exist within and take for granted. Both physical systems
as well as systems of belief are presented in a new light that challenge traditional mode of art
presentation and the artist/audience relation- ship. He builds comparisons between aerial views of
suburban subdivisions and motherboards that are built up through layers of paint, cut plastic,
and fiberboard. His paintings are imbedded in a history of process and employ organic motifs that
simultaneously fracture, shift, grow, and spread. The layers read as terrains of thought and contribute
to Schell’s understanding of American culture and identity.
Schell will be inviting a series of artists to collaborate with him through improvisational interactions
utilizing the video and sound structures he has constructed within the gallery space. The Internet will be
used as a platform to broadcast a live video feed of current activity in the gallery. Believing in the
“art as experience” approach, Schell allows the audience to participate in shaping the work avoiding
a predefined end-result.
Andrew Jacob Schell was born in 1975, in Clinton, Missouri. He received a BFA from Emporia State University
in 1998 and an MFA in painting from Ohio University in 2005. Most recently his work has become part
of the permanent collection at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. Schell has also
participated in group and solo shows across the country, including SOIL gallery in Seattle and
Epsten Gallery in Overland Park, KS. Currently, Schell is residing in Lenexa, Kansas, and teaches at
Johnson County Community College.