This summer I'll be spending nearly four weeks at Yaddo, the fabled artists' community in Saratoga Springs, New York. Twenty-three artists and writers will be in residence at the bucolic 400-acre estate that was founded in 1900 by financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, a poet. I look forward to working on a new artist's book project and to continuing work on a series of 16 x 20-inch oil paintings on stretched canvas. (Note: Four paintings from the series are still on view in "VERNACULAR" at Theodore:Art. You can check it out through July 19 if you haven't seen the show yet.) I am enormously grateful to those who have helped make this residency possible--you know who you are.
VERNACULAR: Eric Brown, Sharon Butler, Joyce Robins, Andrew Seto
56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
GALLERY HOURS FRIDAYS 1-8, SATURDAY-SUNDAY 1-6 PM
RECEPTION Sunday May 31, 3-6 PM
May 31 – July 12, 2015
For more information and images, please contact Stephanie Theodore at 212 966 4324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image above: Sharon Butler, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.
Theodore:Art is pleased to present VERNACULAR, a four-person exhibition of work composed of simple shapes that aggregate into subtle, complex two-dimensional creations.
After painting in upstate New York for more than a decade, Eric Brown recently moved his studio practice to New York City, where these new works were completed. He studied studio art at Vassar College, and his work will be the subject of an exhibition at the James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College opening in late August. An exhibition catalogue with an appreciation by John Ashbery and an essay by Raphael Rubinstein will accompany the exhibition.
A painter and arts writer, Sharon Butler is widely known as the publisher of the influential art blog Two Coats of Paint, which was awarded a generous grant from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program last year. She is affiliated with the MFA programs at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Connecticut, where she was also the 2014 Artist in Residence at Counterproof Press. Her work has been shown at various galleries, universities, and art fairs throughout the country, including NADA New York, Theodore:Art, Storefront Ten Eyck, Pocket Utopia, Union College (Schenectady, NY), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), SEASON (Seattle, WA), George Lawson (San Francisco, CA), and Matteawan (Beacon, NY). As one of the inaugural participants in the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program, Butler maintains a studio in DUMBO overlooking the Manhattan Bridge.
Joyce Robins has had over 20 one-person shows of her artwork. Her work was the subject of a mid-career survey at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2013, and was also exhibited in Come Together, Surviving Sandy, Brooklyn (2013), John Davis Gallery (2012), the Biennale International de Vallauris in France; the Neiman Gallery of Columbia University, PS 1, Meulenstein Gallery, the New York Studio School, and the Jane Hartsook Gallery (all New York); David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago; Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; and the Schoolhouse Center, Provincetown, MA. In addition her work has been seen in many group shows at galleries and museums, including, The National Academy of Design, Lesley Heller Gallery, Edward Thorp Gallery (both New York), Rubicon Gallery (Dublin), The Brooklyn Museum, The Gasworks (London), The Delaware Art Museum, Vassar College Art Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Pewabic Pottery (Detroit) and the Lennon Weinberg Gallery. Robins work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Observer, The Philadelphia Inquirer and American Ceramics.
Andrew Seto studied Law at the University of Birmingham (LLB 1987), Foundation Course in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (1988), Fine Art at the Slade School, University College London (BA 1992), UK, EU and US Law of Copyright at Kings College London (PG Dip 2001) and Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts at the University of the Arts London (MA 2007). At the Slade he won the Coldstream Prize and a scholarship to the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (1990-91). His most recent solo exhibition was at Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle in Paris (2015), and has had solo shows at Theodore:Art, Brooklyn and Charlie Dutton Gallery (both 2013). He has been selected for numerous group shows including The Whitechapel Open (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1994), Three (Theodore:Art, New York, 2011), SV12 (Studio Voltaire, London, 2012), There Are No Giants Upstairs (Theodore:Art, New York, 2012) and The Creekside Open (APT Gallery, London, 2013). Seto was shortlisted for The Jerwood Drawing Prize (2010), The John Moores Painting Prize (2012) and The Marmite Prize for Painting IV (2013). He is the recipient of the solo show award from The Crash Open Salon at Charlie Dutton Gallery, London (2013).
Sharon Butler : New Social Situations
May 9 – June 7, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, May 9, 6-9 pm
From the Press Release:
Matteawan is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Sharon Butler, an artist and writer based in New York City. The show features paintings and mixed media works on canvas.
Sharon Butler’s art is influenced by the world around her, taking inspiration from things both serious and mundane. The images in her work come from many disparate sources, from a kid’s camp T-shirt, to sculptures in the National Gallery, an industrial air conditioner, or a pile of sweaters in a store. Butler isolates shapes, colors, and objects, arranging them on empty canvas supports, creating ambiguous and ironic images that evoke a make-something-from-nothing aesthetic. Offering a fresh take on geometric abstraction, Butler combines images, jumbled text, pattern, and brightly colored shapes cut from found T-shirts, sometimes sheared into cheeky fringe. The construction of her work, loose and intentionally slapdash, calls attention to the support and the materials as much as to the image. Butler’s work rejects traditional painterly illusion and depth and embraces real-ness, inhabiting space in a way more akin to sculpture.
In an interview with Thomas Micchelli in Hyperallergic, Butler said of her work: “I guess what interests me are the metaphorical possibilities of lethargy, bad decisions, mistake-making, and turning things inside out as reflected in a painting. From these things, I reckon there is quite a bit to infer about not merely how we perceive the world but how we live in it.” Agnes Martin, a small painting on canvas featuring a painted white square and a series of horizontal pencil lines, is a good example of this. In Butler’s interpretation of Martin’s pristine geometry, the canvas is stretched all wrong, exposing the wooden stretcher on the top with fabric bunched up below. Butler is paying homage to an artist she admires, while at the same time doing it her own way.
464 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Image at top:
Sharon Butler, Untitled (Camp Sloan), 2014, t-shirt scraps, pencil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
Improvised Showboat is a curatorial venture from Lauren Britton + Zachary Keeting. "We organize one-night studio exhibitions in and around New York. Our shows are improvised in their nature: we ask the exhibiting artists to bring a work of their choosing, rather than curating specific works. We find this allows for surprises in the process: for the artist, the viewer and for us as curators. We hope this series of shows acts as a catalyst for unexpected conversation and viewing. Our seventh exhibition, COMMAND-Z, is curated with Sharon Butler and will take place at her studio/Two Coats of Paint HQ in DUMBO."
55 Washington Street #321 in DUMBO
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Saturday May 2nd / 6-8PM
Artists include: Lisa Beck, Peter Burr, Sharon Butler, Jacob Feige, Andrew Ginzel, Erin O’Keefe, Heather Leigh McPherson, Carrie Pollock, Tim Portlock, Siebren Versteeg, Alexi Worth, Raphael Zollinger
Image at top: Looking west from 55 Washinton St.
Ill be joining David Cohen, John Yau, and Noah Dillon to discuss the
New Museum's Triennial and the Invitational at the American Academy
of Arts and Letters at The Review Panel, a popular critics’ forum, now in its tenth year at the National Academy Museum.
From the press release:
The two shows are a contrast of medium proclivity: while new technologies predominate at the Triennial, an international survey of early-career artists filling all floors of the New Museum’s Bowery headquarters, the Invitational has a bias towards painting and artists of all career stages. The Triennial has been curated by Lauren Cornell of the New Museum and artist Ryan Trecartin while the Invitational is selected by a committee of academicians.
John Yau, the eminent poet and respected critic, has been a regular guest of The Review Panel. Our other two speakers are newcomers: Sharon Butler is the veteran blogger at Two Coats of Paint, while Noah Dillon has been Associate Editor at artcritical.com since last summer.
Free and open to the public.
Time: 6:30 pm
The National Academy Museum
1083 5th Avenue at 89th Street
New York, NY
To make a reservation, please call 212-369-4880 x 201
I recently wrote a new post about the Internet and how it has affected painting.
"The Internet, especially through social media, facilitates a direct and immediate connection between interior and exterior worlds, and I have little doubt that this recent phenomenon has helped propel the current resurgence of abstract painting. MoMA’s Laura Hoptman-curated contemporary painting survey “The Forever Now” showcases artists who comb the Internet for styles both past and present to ape, reference, and revere. In contrast, “The Painter of Modern Life,” a group show organized by Bob Nickas at Anton Kern, is a visual essay that seems to focus directly on the mind space created when we are on the Internet. Many of the artists in this show may still refer to art historical-materials found on the web, but what makes their work so distinctive is their effort to visualize how it feels to spend so much time in a virtual world..."
Click here to read the entire post.
NOTE: Parts of the post are taken from a statement I'm crafting about some new paintings, one of which is pictured above. The ideas will also be teased out in a curated one-night group exhibition with Improvised Showboat. The exhibition is Saturday, May 2 at Two Coats HQ, 55 Washington Street in DUMBO. Details to come.
Image above: Sharon Butler, Vague Recollection, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.
Exhibitions: First up is the DUMBO ARTS FEST, September 26-28. Teri Hackett and I are putting together a show in the studio at 68 Jay Street, so please save the date. Toward the end of October I have a few exhibitions on the calendar including "Exchange Rate" with Robert Yoder/SEASON at Theodore:Art and "Abstraction and its Discontents" at Storefront Ten Eyck, both in Bushwick. (More details and links to come.)
Teaching: I'm looking forward to teaching two MFA seminars, one at my alma mater, the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and the other at the venerable Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia where I'll also serve as a Visiting Critic. In November, I'm heading north to spend a couple days at Maine College of Art in Portland. I'll give a presentation about my own work and visit the painting studios. I hope it doesn't snow.
With several writing projects and panel discussions lined up, too, I should be pretty busy, but I plan to see plenty of exhibitions in both Philadelphia and NYC--and I hope to see everyone there.
Image above: Photographing small work in the studio at 68 Jay Street, August 2014.