Made in China, a 2011 Gold leaf and acrylic painting over a stretched American flag, by San Francisco based artist Andrew Schoultz.
As explained to me by the artist: Masking a China made American flag in a layer of imitation gold emphasizes the sad but true fact that the wealth of our American economy, which has falsely been perceived to be backed by gold, is in truth, in debt, a debt now owned by China, who because of no labor laws can now also produce all of our new America, at a fraction of our own cost.
“An American Flag fronted by imitation gold that was made in china seems to perfectly describe the crisis we are in as well as the irony of the whole thing.” – Andrew
While up working in the Hampton’s last week, I was hurriedly leaving a small local art gallery when I briefly noticed this gilded composition of stripes and stars, so elegantly leaning against the galleries minimal-mod white wall. Metallics are in right now, and shimmering gold being one of my all-time color-favs, I of course took a step back only to discover this wonderful moment of instant complexity, full of patriotic metaphors, all so artfully made pretty by its layer of oh so glorious gold. Then it hit me; should I really be loving this?
Why I love it? It has all three of my contemporary-art, art buying rules, plus it’s fop art (folk pop) theme I believe will continue to gain broader interest and its value should easily appreciate.
My contemporary-art buying rules to be posted soon.
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Some more similarly themed works by the artist.
Titles in order shown:
Made in China – 2011 / gold leaf and acrylic on embossed paper.
Melting Falg with Eyes – 2011 / gold leaf and acrylic on embossed paper.
Melting Falg – 2011 / gold leaf and acrylic on embossed paper.
Hand Crafted with Pride in China – 2011 / gold leaf and acrylic on embossed paper.