For the sake of this post, I’ve committed the cardinal sin of splitting up Andy Schansberg’s series into ‘examples’ in order to show the variety of outcomes that emerge from his use of similar materials and patterns. Schansberg has a unique sense of control and consistency to his works. Each small series or even independent piece gives the impression that it is a natural offshoot of the one that came before, or the purposeful predecessor to the one that comes after. And they defy categorization as simply ‘paintings’ or ‘prints,’ as they meld the two methods together and include, interestingly, enamel. The choice of and repetition of shapes and carefully chosen, balanced colors harken back to mid-century design, the concept of puzzle pieces, and even plat maps.
His various series vary in size from one to more than half a dozen, each piece reiterating his sensitivity to color relationships, shape, and movement. Some are more painterly; others more print-like, or more collage-like. But they relate to one one another clearly. One gets the impression that he can rearrange the shapes and textures almost infinitely and each painting could present something new and fresh, like siblings who share similar features but are clearly individuals.
Schansberg lives and works in Los Angeles. More work can be found at andyschansberg.com.