Growing up queer can be so isolated and so isolating.
The show, interrogating his 80s childhood, features new works by Anschultz, who has previously worked in formal yet non-narrative forms. He examines the broadening of the queer experience through music, dance, and icons like Boy George that was happening at the time, set against the reckoning with AIDS that was occurring in the country.
He explores these tensions and more through works on paper, sculptures, and paintings that pull from family photos, pop culture, gay porn and the lives of gay artists living and working at that time.
Anschultz is a 2014 Great Rivers Biennial winner. Since earning his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, he’s had exhibitions in St. Louis, Chicago, Taipei, Austria, Los Angeles and more.
The founders of Flood Plain, housed in the old Fort Gondo space, are Liz Wolfson, Trina Van Ryn and Amelia-Colette Jones. They told the Riverfront Times that the gallery intends to highlight St. Louis artists and build regional partnerships, as well as providing space for aesthetic, creative, and social experimentation.
The exhibition remains through December 16, with gallery hours Wednesday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Come by the space, at 3151 Cherokee, Saturday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. for the opening.