CLOUDS @ Lesley Heller12/2/2013
"CLOUDS" is a huge group show featuring more than fifty of my favorite artists, organized by Adam Simon. Opening reception: December 15, 6-9 pm.
Lesley Heller Workspace, LES, New York, NY.
December 15 - January 26, 2014.
Artists include Michele Araujo, Valerie
Hegarty, Zach Rockhill, John Baber,
Hanneline Røgeberg,Perry Bard, Eric
Heist, Bob Seng,David Brody,
Elana Herzog, Ward
Shelley, Deborah Brown, Brece Honeycutt,
Lisa Sigal, Sharon Butler,
Patrick Killoran, Susan Silas, Caroline Cox,
Adam Simon, Paul D’Agostino, Greg Kwiatek,
Tim Spelios, Nuno de Campos,
Kerry Law, William Stone, Peter
Dudek, Eric LoPresti,
Richard Sullivan, Joy Episalla,
Thomas Micchelli, Jude Tallichet, Rochelle
Feinstein, Matthew Miller,
Kate Teale, Hermine Ford, Loren Munk,
Mark Tribe, Matt Freedman,
Edie Nadelhaft, Fred Valentine,
Munro Galloway, Laura Newman,
Daniel Wiener, Rico Gatson,
Bruce Pearson, Carrie Yamaoka, Ben Godward,
Liza Phillips, Jacqueline Gourevitch,
Cathy Quinlan, Larry Greenberg,
Beth Reisman, Charles Hagen
Note: I contributed the little painting pictured at the top of the post.
It's from a new series of 18 x 24 inch oil studies painted on
hand-stretched canvas. Info: Sharon Butler, Rooftop structure, 2013, oil on hand-stretched canvas, 18 x 24 inches.
SKIN @ The Painting Center in Chelsea11/20/2013
Opening Reception:Thursday, December 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
November 26, 2013 - December 21, 2013
From the press release: The skin of an artwork speaks of the singular visual vocabulary of
its maker. Each of these six artists found a way of making a unique
skin, either by using nontraditional materials or by employing
traditional materials in an unusual way. "Skin" features the work
of Josh Blackwell, Martin Bromirski, Sharon Butler, Suejin Jo, Scott
Richter and Drew Shiflett. Curated by Suejin Jo.
The Painting Center
547 West 27th Street, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001
Image at top: Sharon Butler, Pink Thing, 2013, pigment and binder, pencil, staples, stretchers on linen tarp, 18 x 24 inches.
Panel discussion: Possibly Painting11/8/2013
Sunday, December 8th, 3pm - ?
From the Press release: A panel discussion aimed at addressing the utility and validity of a range
of labels one might affix to contemporary mores and modes of painting—if
not also the arguably greater or lesser vitality of painting
itself—"Possibly Painting" will open with questions and commentary among
our guest panelists, artists and moderators, then expand into a general
discussion with everyone in attendance.
Panelists include Sharon Butler (Two Coats of Paint), James Panero (The New Criterion), Thomas Micchelli (Hyperallergic Weekend), Loren Munk (Kalm Report), Rico Gatson (NYU, Sarah Lawrence College) and Michael Gormley (National Arts Club).
Organized by Paul D'Agostino, who will moderate the conversation along with Michael David, Director of Life on Mars Gallery.
Life on Mars Gallery
56 Bogart Street
Water, water 11/8/2013
In New York: On Thursday, November 14, 6-8 pm, please join me for the opening reception of "Water, Water… 8 Strange Days in the City That Never Sleeps" at Kianga Ellis Projects in Chelsea. Curated by artist Edie Nadelhaft,
the exhibition commemorates the one year anniversary of Hurricane
Sandy. "Mirroring the historical time span of the storm’s initial impact
on the city, the show will last for just eight days, marking the time
between the surge, and end of the widespread power outage and a strange,
disorienting interlude in NYC history...." Featuring
work by Matt Enger, Elisa Bates, Ronnie Landfield, Edie Nadelhaft,
Samantha Keely Smith, Bruce Stiglich, Austin Thomas,and me.
Kianga Ellis Projects
516 West 25th Street, Studio 306B, New York, NY
Exhibition Dates: November 12 - 19, 2013
Image above: Sharon Butler, Wet on Wet, 2013, pigment, binder, sewing, on linen tarp. 18 x 24 inches.
Q & A at Westchester Community College10/7/2013
I'll be giving an Artist Talk (kind of a Q&A) at the Fine Art Gallery @ Westchester Community College on Monday, October 7, 4:30 pm, in conjunction with "Dense Surveillance," my solo show which is up through November 24. Please join us--it's free and open to the public. More images and a checklist are available here in the "Dense Surveillance" folder.
Exhibition at Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University9/24/2013
Out of Step / October 5 - November 7, 2013
Artists’ Reception: Tuesday Oct. 8, 5 - 8 p.m, with Curator/Artists Q+A at 6:30 p.m.
Sneak Preview during Jersey City Artist Studio Tour: Saturday Oct. 5, 12 - 5 p.m.
"Out of Step" is an informal survey of current practices in abstract
painting. The artists may vary in style, subject matter, temperament,
and conceptual framework, but they are unified by their no-nonsense
approach to painting. Most of the work on view presents simple geometric
shapes that are executed in broad expanses of pure color. From cerebral
to laid-back, the artists explore line, value, color, and texture in
their compositions. Despite the works' superficial differences, each
piece, however minimal, reveals the touch of the artist’s hand. For the
artists in the show, paint is a means to an end, not the end.
Abstraction, likewise, is not a cul-de-sac, but a living, breathing
means of visual communication.
Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery
Hepburn Hall 323
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Gallery Hours: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and by appointment. Tel: 201-200-3246
For directions please visit NJCU website
Image at top: Sharon Butler, Thriftshop Painting 2, 2011, pigment and binder on prestretched canvas, 11 x 14 inches.
September solo show in Westchester8/15/2013
Opening Reception Thursday, September 12, 5-7 pm.
"Sharon Butler: Dense Surveillance," organized by Matt Ferranto.
Fine Art Gallery at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY.
September 3-November 24, 2013.
From the brochure:
What is a painting? Literally and superficially, it is stretchers,
paint, canvas, primer, image, shape, color, and object. More
practically, it is the outcome of an artist’s decisions. Sharon Butler
starts work by posing questions that challenge customary artistic
boundaries while maintaining some continuity with her prior work – much
as a scientist might try different mixes of chemicals or physical forces
within the broad parameters of an ongoing experiment. The imagery is
derived from her surroundings – specifically the industrial HVAC units,
vent silencers, fire escapes, and other odd rooftop structures in New
York City. For Butler, materials and how they are used are as important
as the images themselves. “Painting is a metaphor,” Butler says, “and
the choices we make in our work reveal who we are.”
Image at top: Sharon Butler, Cement Mixer, 2012, pigment and binder on unprimed linen with staples and stretcher bars.
Presentation at Bascom Lodge on Mt. Greylock8/15/2013
For the past two weeks
I've been the Artist-in-Residence at Bascom Lodge (Summit of Mt Greylock
in the Berkshires), and on Monday, August 19 at 6pm, I'm giving a
little presentation about some of the non-traditional artist residencies I've
been involved with and how they have influenced my work.
If you want to stay over, rooms are available for the night. And the night sky is spectacular.
2013 Bushwick Open Studios: Portraits of Fern5/30/2013
A special exhibition for Bushwick Open Studios featuring
painting, sculpture, installation, and drawing by Bushwick artists and
June 1-2, 2013
Opening Reception*: Sat, Jun 1, 11am-2pm
*coinciding with BOS Annual Maps-N-Mimosas Event
Sat, Jun 1, 11am-7pm
Sun, Jun 2, 11am-7pm
Norte Maar, 83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn
: L Train to Brooklyn. Dekalb Stop.
: Weekends 1-6pm and by appointment: 646-361-8512
Image above: Sharon Butler, Gas Grill (What Fern Saw), 2013, oil on canvasboard, 11 x 14 inches.
2013 Bushwick Open Studios: What I like about you5/30/2013
Organized by Brooklyn artist Julie Torres,
'What I Like About You' is a continuation of last year's "Alltogethernow"
project, in which 11 international painters visited Bushwick for BOS
2012, to collaborate with local artists and exhibit those collaborations
alongside their own work.
This year, artists are
returning to showcase the work of artists they met and whose work they
saw last year.
Parallel Art SpaceImage above: Sharon Butler, Agnes Martin, 2013, gesso, pencil, staples on unprimed canvas, 14 x 14 inches. Selected for the show by LA artist Julia Schwartz.
17-17 Troutman Street - # 220
Ridgewood NY 11385 (L Train to Jefferson St. / B57 Flushing Ave to Cypress Ave)
Exhibition in Paris, opens April 123/25/2013
"In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the
way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of
relatively simple interactions. Emergence is central to the theories of
integrative levels and of complex systems."
A proposition by Erin Lawlor, Yifat Gat & Katrin Bremermann
58, rue Charlot
75003 Paris 3e
April 13 - 27, 2013
Opening reception April 12.
On view during the Drawing Now Art Fair
Check out installation images here.
Eve Aschheim, A.T
Gat, Kevin Monot, Erin
Pages, Paul Pagk, Andrew Seto, Radu Tuian, Richard
van der Aa, Don
Voisine, and Michael
Image above: Sharon Butler, Blue Addition," 2012, pigment and binder on canvas, unstretched, 6 x 7 feet
Solo show @ Pocket Utopia opens on January 612/27/2012
Sharon Butler: Precisionist Casual,
January 8-February 17, 2013
191 Henry Street
New York, NY
Contact: Austin Thomas
Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Directions: Pocket Utopia is located between Clinton and Jefferson on
the Lower East Side of Manhattan. By subway, the F train to East
Broadway is 2 blocks away. Map
From the press release:
Pocket Utopia is pleased to present “Precisionist Casual,” a solo
exhibition of new paintings by Sharon Butler. The exhibition, on view
January 6 - February 17, will feature Butler’s stapled, washed canvases,
unstretched yet arranged on stretchers.
Butler finds herself pulled between the worldly confines of the Precisionists of the early twentieth century and the fey liberation of today’s Casualist abstraction. Like the Precisionists, Butler is drawn to urban settings, structures, and HVAC architecture
– all in evidence from the windows of her Bushwick studio. Yet, like
the Casualists, she seeks a mode of presentation that evokes more than
the triumphs and laments of industrialization that earlier artists have
already plumbed so well, embracing those inconsistent realities and
searching for new ones.
In Butler’s new work, stretchers are no longer hidden, voiceless
platforms for paintings but rather partially revealed elements of the
work, haphazardly wrapped with wrinkled tarps. The resulting
Rauschenbergian sense of earthy imperfection and chaos, though, is
balanced by well-anchored painting distinguished by skewed perspective,
geometric structure, sensitivity to form, minimalist economy of detail,
and worn-out pastels.
With a sensibility that resists serial rigor and jettisons the notion
that you can get everything right, Butler fully realizes her belief that
the most interesting and enduring stories are imperfect and incomplete,
showcasing an appealingly unresolved tension between restless
impetuosity and grounded rigor. Her new paintings seamlessly combine the
irresoluteness of contemporary abstraction with the confidence of the
Since 2009, Sharon Butler has exhibited at SEASON (Seattle, WA), John
Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY), STOREFRONT (Brooklyn, NY), and Real Art Ways
(Hartford, CT). In addition to painting, Butler publishes the
award-winning art blog Two Coats of Paint and has contributed to The Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic. She divides her time between New York City and southeastern Connecticut. "Precisionist Casual" is her first solo show at Pocket Utopia.
Press for the show: "Sharon Butler: Precisionist Casual," The James Kalm Report
Thomas Micchelli, "When Paintings Come Apart: Sharon Butler on the Inside Out" Hyperallergic, January, 12, 2013.
James Panero, "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, February 2013.
Whitney Kimball, "This Week's Must-See Art Events: Extreme Hangover Edition," The L Magazine, December 31, 2012.
Joanne Mattera,"Canvasing the Neighborhoods,"Joanne Mattera Art Blog, February 24, 2013.
Paul D'Agostino, "Art Picks from Print,"The L Magazine, January 31, 2013.
Elisabeth Condon,"Sharon Butler and 'Precisionist Casual' at Pocket Utopia," Raggedy Ann's Foot, Febraury 25, 2013.