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Wall Works is a program at the Dodd Galleries where we invite an artist to create a semester-long, site-specific installation in the Plaza Gallery. Pete Schulte’s Untitled (Plaza) consists of two wall drawings that exist, in simultaneity, as twins and opposites. Identical in form, structure, scale, and their mirrored placement on opposing walls, the drawings differ only in that one is done in three shades of white, the other in three shades of black. The subtle chromatic shifts within each drawing, combined with a lack of direct lighting and their close proximity to exterior glass doors, creates an unfixed set of conditions wherein the experience of the works is dramatically impacted and evolves depending on the time of day, exterior weather conditions, vantage point and trajectory of the viewer through the space.
Pete Schulte is an artist whose work emerges out of the daily practice of drawing and is manifest in works on paper, objects, site-specific wall drawings and installations. He has presented recent solo exhibitions at McKenzie Fine Art, New York; The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; The Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State University; and Luise Ross Gallery, New York. His work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, Art in America, World Sculpture News, Burnaway, and The New Art Examiner, among other publications. In 2013, Schulte co-founded The Fuel and Lumber Company curatorial initiative with Amy Pleasant, and in 2019 he was artist-in-residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.
Pete Schulte lives in Birmingham, Alabama and is Associate Professor of Art at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.