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LACY: - IMAGE COURTESY OF DEREK SCHULTZ
  • IMAGE COURTESY OF DEREK SCHULTZ
  • LACY:
All week long, New Times Staff Writer Matt Fountain had been urging this writer to cover figure painter Derek Schultz’s latest show, “Body of Light,” at San Luis Art Supply. This writer refused to budge, certain she wanted to dedicate this week’s Artifacts column to KCPR’s 40th anniversary auction, going down Nov. 15 to 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then a sewage disaster struck the New Times office. Your correspondent was forced to evacuate the building, seeking cover within the comparatively fresh-smelling walls of nearby San Luis Art Supply, where Schultz’s drippy, sexy figure drawings hang through Nov. 30.

Schultz’s nude ink drawings come alive with simple, almost careless lines. His tendency toward the abstract, he said, allows him to “relinquish control,” to allow the ink to drip and ooze as it pleases, creating a highly organic effect that “mimics the organic shapes of people’s bodies.”

JILL: - IMAGE COURTESY OF DEREK SCHULTZ
  • IMAGE COURTESY OF DEREK SCHULTZ
  • JILL:
Schultz rarely uses a brush, preferring to work with a dropper, a technique he began exploring in 2007.

“It seemed natural to experiment,” he said. “Most ink comes with an eye-dropper, and I liked the results.”

Duly impressed by Fountain’s taste in friends, your correspondent left the safety of San Luis Art Supply, tucked away at 1116 Morro St. in downtown SLO, and tip-toed tentatively back to the office, which, she noted happily, didn’t reek quite as badly as before.

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