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.
Taking Custody: The Double Life of the Artist Mother10/13/2012
I'm moderating a panel discussion at the SVA Theater on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7pm
Press release: The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at the School of Visual Arts
(SVA) presents Taking Custody: The Double Life of the Artist Mother, a
panel discussion among visual artists who are also mothers. Artist,
educator and blogger Sharon L. Butler will moderate a conversation with alumni Suzanne McClelland (MFA 1989 Fine Arts), Katherine Bernhardt, (MFA 2000 Fine Arts), Rachel Papo (MFA 2005 Photography, Video and Related Media) and Amy Stein (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media) and faculty member Danica Phelps.
The artists will discuss their experiences negotiating the demands of
the commercial art world with those of motherhood. The event will take
place on Tuesday, October 16, 7pm at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23
Street). Admission is free and open to the public.
To see a video of the discussion, click here.
Image above: Mary Cassatt, Tea,
1880, oil on canvas, 25½ × 36¼ inches. Mary Cassatt, although famous
for her depictions of mothers with their children, never married or had kids
of her own. Image courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
HEROES at Small Black Door9/11/2012
At Small Black Door artist Julie Torres
has organized a huge group show that includes many of the founders of
Bushwick (and Ridgewood) art spaces, projects, and online undertakings. I'm pleased to have work included in the show.
To read the press release, and to learn more about the artists, click here
Opens Friday, September 14, 2012.
GONE WRONG: A solo show at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, opens September 209/3/2012
"Sharon Butler: Gone Wrong,"
September 20 through November 11, 2012.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 20.
Visually, my new work is rooted in the world nearby – specifically, the
idiosyncratic HVAC structures, cement-mixing machines, jerry-built
sheds, and improvised building additions that surround my Bushwick
studio. A minimalist sensibility resists serial rigor and jettisons the
notion that you can get everything right. For me, the most interesting
stories are about things gone wrong.
REAL ART WAYS / 56 Arbor St / Hartford, CT 06106 / 860.232.1006
Image above:Sharon Butler, Rooftop Structure (green), 2012, pigment and binder on pre-stretched canvas, 18 x 24 inches.
Go Brooklyn Open Studio Weekend / Sept 8 & 98/21/2012
Please stop by the studio during the Go Brooklyn Open Studio Weekend on Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th, from 11am - 7pm. No need to register or vote just stop by and say hello. New work for my upcoming show at Real Art Ways will be on display before I pack it up the following week. If you want to learn more about how you can help the Brooklyn Museum curate a show during the open studios, click here.
Location: 117 Grattan Street #419, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.
My contribution to the July/August issue of The Brooklyn Rail8/1/2012
At The Brooklyn Rail this month, Elizabeth Baker, former editor of Art in America, served as guest editor to the Art section, asking contributors to consider the question, "What's new?" Writing in her introduction she suggested that
Among the artists, words like “progress,” “innovation,” and
“originality” barely crop up. Yet it’s clear that today’s artists are
taking the conditions of the art world and the society in which they
live and finding ways to make art that is distinctly their own. That,
for them, is what “new” means. Perhaps it’s time to give up the
expectation of a millennial eruption of novel forms and/or strategies
and look critically and carefully at what actually surrounds us.
In a review of Michelle Segre's show at Derek Eller, I considered the fashionable cult of bigness and super-monumentalism.
STRUCTURE AND IMAGERY stops by the studio6/25/2012
Paul Behnke stopped by the studio and he wrote
about the visit at Structure and Imagery. My new paintings reference the contingent architecture and rooftop structures in Bushwick
Image above: Pile of finished paintings and scraps of canvas on the floor of the studio. Courtesy Paul Behnke.
Buddy of Work6/1/2012
I recently participated in Buddy of Work, Henry Samuelson's quirky online project that invites artists to submit an example of their primary work alongside an example of their peripheral (buddy) work.
Click here to visit the site.
An Interview at New American Paintings 6/1/2012By Erin Langner
"This month’s SQUEEZE HARD (HOLD THAT THOUGHT) includes the illustrated fabric works of Seattle artist Allison Manch and paintings by New York’s Sharon Butler,
comingled in small groupings throughout the living and dining rooms.
Butler’s manipulated canvases extract and reconfigure abstracted
elements of modernist sculpture from the National Gallery of Art, while
Manch’s embroidered and watercolor works isolate well known symbols of
the western desert in scenes that create the sense of a figure in search
of its narrative. Simultaneously across town, Robert Yoder’s new oil
and collage canvases, as well works on paper, comprise DILF!, the artist’s solo show at the more conventional Platform Gallery. I took this opportunity to discuss the relationships fostered by SEASON with Robert, Allison and Sharon...." Read more
Two Coats of Paint @ Bushwick Open Studios5/29/2012
Bushwick Open Studios, considered the best open studio event in New York, is just around the corner. This year, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Two Coats of Paint, I invited
Austin Thomas of Pocket Utopia,
one of the first artist-run spaces in
Bushwick (recently reopened on Henry Street in the Lower East Side), to
curate a painting exhibition at Two Coats's new Bushwick HQ.
Open during Bushwick Open Studios: June 1, 6-8pm, June 2-3, 12-7pm. Artists' Reception on Saturday, June 2, 4pm.
Click here for links and more details.