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The Guerrilla Girls: Art, Activism & the 'F' Word

Join us for The Salon at The Benton
The Guerrilla Girls:  Art, Activism & the 'F' Word
The Guerrilla Girls are still relevant after all these years. Is their message art? It is politics? Both? Join us for this exciting and timely dialogue.
"We try to be different from the kind of political art that is angry and points to something that says 'This is bad.' That's preaching to the converted.  We want to be subversive, to transform our audience, to confront them with some disarming statements, backed up by facts - and great visuals - and hopefully convert them." The Guerrilla Girls 
Friday, April 29, 2016, 5 - 7 pm
Sharon Butler and Mary Banas. Moderated by Cora Lynn Deibler
Admission to the Salon is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.
5 - 5:30 pm  Wine and Light Hors d'oeuvres 
5:30 - 7 pm  Panel Discussion & Conversation
Visit the museum's website for more detail and for information on the exhibition.

Multiple Impressions: Printmaking Exhibition at Real Art Ways

Press release:

Through April 21, 2016
Multiple Impressions: 5th Connecticut Printmakers Invitational

Curated by John O’Donnell

Multiple Impressions is an exhibition of 23 artists who make prints using a variety of printmaking processes, ranging from traditional (intaglio, relief, lithography, and screen printing) to experimental (textile, sculpture, and installation). Their works address a variety of topics concerning design, representation, and abstraction. Some artists in this exhibition are painters who make prints, while others are designers who use printmaking to execute ideas.

The following artists are participating: Michael Angelis May Babcock Sharon Butler Julia DePinto Paul DeRuvo Jenni Freidman Brad Guarino James Kimura-Green Ryan King Nathan Lewis AJ Masthay Guz Mazzocca Sarah Mikolowsky Kelsey Miller Jeff Mueller Neil Daigle Orians Hartford Prints! Thomas Radovich Nicolas Ransom Kennedy Thomas Reilly Jacob Rochester Sydney Roper Stephanie Sileo Tim Wengertsman Mark Zurolo

Real Art Ways
56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Pipes, 2016, etching, 15 x 18 inches. Created at Counterproof Press during my artist's residency.

Geometrix: Line Form Subversion

Press Release:

GEOMETRIX: Line, Form, Subversion (January 14 – April 16, 2016)  is a large mischievously educational exhibition that explores how artists use the vocabulary of geometric abstraction to explore ideas far beyond the purely formal.Admittedly eclectic, the exhibition is a big beta version of what will become an annual ser ies of focused thematic shows. The a rtists included in this exhibition allude to such diverse inspirations as music, physics, occult studies, racism, social issues, gay aesthetics, incarceration data, textile design, interactive computer design, memorials, the environment and perverse homages, to name but a few.

Artists include  Lisa Beck, Lori Ellison, Kendell Geers, Jason Gubbiotti Raymond Salvatore Harmon , Warren Isensee, Linn Meyers Gary Petersen, Eduardo Santiere , Jo Smail Andrea Way, Andy Moon Wilson, Patrick Wilson, Joan Belmar, Brian Dailey, Tim Doud, Tom Downing Tom Green, Logan Grider, Jason Hughes, Warren Isensee Paul Laffoley, Sharon Louden, J.W. Mahoney, Gary Petersen W.C. Richardson, Eduardo Santiere, Jered Sprecher, Don Voisine Andrea Way, Andy Moon Wilson, John Zinsser, Seth Adelsberger, Joan Belmar. Sharon Butler, Travis Childers Charles Cohan, Paul Doran, Alex Ebstein Peter Fox, Ted Gahl, Robert Gutierrez, Eric Hibit, J.T. Kirkland, Amy Lin, Maggie Michael , Thomas Müller, Betsy Packard, Jefferson Pinder

Three venus:
Curator's Office @ Home
5706 Newington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20816

Curator’s Office @ Gallery 2112
2112 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Curator’s Office @ Edgewood Studios
703 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20010

Image above: Sharon Butler, Blue Fences, 2013, pigment, binder, pencil, staples, stretcher, linen tarp, 16 x 18 inches. On view in the Edgewood Studios edition of the exhibition.

I'll be giving a talk at Trestle Gallery on Tuesday, January 12

Trestle is a contemporary art space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, whose mission is to foster creativity and community by offering exhibition, education, and networking opportunities for contemporary artists and curators. They provide a place for creative people to focus on the development of their art and their career. Their four core programs are Contemporary Exhibitions, Professional Development, Community Classes, and Residencies.

I'll be giving a talk on
Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30PM

Please join us.

$5 suggested donation
(Pay donation ahead online to reserve your seat)

trestle: 168 7th st, brooklyn, ny 11215 - trestle gallery & office will be closed between 12/16/15 & 1/2/16. normal hours will resume January 4, 2016. - trestle projects: 400 third ave, brooklyn, ny 11215 - by appt  
trestle: 168 7th st. is wheelchair accessible during gallery hours - must enter through 125 8th street entrance and call 718-858-9069  

Solo exhibition at Theodore:Art opens January 8, 2016

January 8 – February 14, 2016
Reception for the artist - Friday January 8, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours Friday 1-8, Saturday-Sunday 1-6 PM

Press release:

Theodore:Art is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by New York-based painter Sharon Butler. This will be Butler's first New York solo show since 2013.

Moving from sublet to studio share to Yaddo and other residencies over several years, Butler has incorporated the migrational spatial experience of a contemporary painter into shifting imagery, material, and process, reflecting the transient and often tenuous existence of artists in New York.

Now settled into a permanent studio overlooking the Manhattan Bridge, Butler has moved her practice to a more fixed ground on which to build firm structures that investigate painting and its discontents more thoroughly. Accordingly, Butler has dispensed with earlier casual installation strategies, which transitional circumstances necessitated. Working on stretched canvas with oil paint, Butler has time to prime, to wonder, to revise. Time to watch paint dry.

Through her blog Two Coats of Paint, Butler has been connecting the dots of the larger conversation about contemporary painting, from temporary workspaces to the institutional canon. Butler teaches in the MFA programs at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Connecticut. She has lectured as a visiting critic at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Brown University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, and others.

56 Bogart Street (Bushwick)
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Contact: Stephanie Theodore
(212) 966-4324 

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Stanzer, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

The Conversation Project

Thanks Brett Wallace for including me The Conversation Project, an archive of interviews with "influencers in the contemporary art world." We met in my studio a few months ago to discuss art, social media, my work, and more. Click here to read the transcript.

Sharon Butler | Paintings

A selection of stream-of-consciousness easel-sized oil paintings.

On view October 12 – October 25 , 2015
EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT

Reception: Saturday, October 17, 6-8pm. 

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Back Fat, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Invitations for upcoming events: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hartford, Greensboro

I have a few upcoming events in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hartford, and Greensboro that I'd like to tell readers about. I hope you can join me if you are nearby.

 On September 30, 6pm, at the Burnet Gallery, in Minneapolis, I'll be having a public conversation with Sharon Louden, artist and editor of the popular book of artists' essays, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Sharon (Louden) has organized a whirlwind tour of the Twin Cities for me, including a visit to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she is part-time faculty and an MFA mentor, and a presentation there at 1pm. It's free and open to the public, so if you're in Minneapolis, please join us. The next day, after visiting students' studios at MCAD, Sharon and I will have another conversation, at 6pm, in St. Paul at Golden’s Deli in conjunction with Springboard for The Arts. Believe it or not, I've never been to Minnesota, so I'm looking forward to this trip. Big thanks to Sharon for bringing me out there!

In October, I'll be presenting some new work (see image at top) in a brief solo show at the progressive EBK Gallery at 218 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The Wadsworth Atheneum is just a few blocks away, so I'm eager to see its galleries, recently reopened after a major overhaul. My show at EBK runs only from October 12 through October 20, and we'll have a reception on Saturday, October 17. Look for details on the EBK website. (Note that artist digital artist Carla Gannis has the slot after mine.) With luck I'll encounter a few from the old Connecticut crowd.

I'll also be in Greensboro, North Carolina, in October visiting the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina. On Friday, October 15, at 6pm, I'll be at the university's Weatherspoon Art Museum for "Building on Maud Gatewood's Legacy: Place and Being an Artist," participating in a conversation with Brett Baker (publisher of Painters' Table). Gatewood, who died in 2004, was an important member of the North Carolina arts community, and the museum has mounted a selection of her work, much of it borrowed from nearby museums. I'm hoping to learn more about the contemporary art community in North Carolina, so if you are down that way, please join us.

 Image at top: On view at EBK Gallery in October: Sharon Butler, Cybercave, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

"Slow Enhancers" at Platform in Seattle

Rober Yoder, artist and director of SEASON, a gallery he runs out of a beautiful mid-century modern house in Seattle, has taken over Platform Gallery this month to present a summer group show called "Slow Enhancers." The exhibition includes a couple of my paintings alongside work by ten other artists who are engaged with conceptual content but dedicated to traditional materials--paint, stone, collage. If you are in the Northwest, I hope you'll stop in and check out the exhibition.

From the Press release:

There's a memory of something like a tongue or a candy wrapper and I chased it. I thought I'd see things if I looked but I couldn't. I thought I'd see through things if I looked harder but I still couldn't. I got jammed up on some duffer and dope and for some reason I'm lying face down on a beach with both hands in my left pocket. The waves are crashing near me, only I don't know where they are. I'm too weak and unconcerned to look up. I wonder if I open my eyes now I'll see the center of the Earth but I don't dare. That kind of knowledge would be a dream and I have stopped having dreams.

Artists include Sharon Butler, Calvin Ross Carl, Dawn Cerny, Seth David Friedman, Nicola Ginzel, Cable Griffith, Mary Henry, Juliet Jacobson, Christopher Moss, Anthony Palocci Jr, Marius Wilms

"Slow Enhancers," organized by Robert Yoder. Platform Gallery 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, Washington. The show runs through August 29, 2015.

For images of the show, click here.

Image at top: Marius Wilms (left), Christopher Moss (right), Sharon Butler (bottom). Installation view.

Artists as Curators

STAMFORD, CT –  Artists chosen as curators for Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery's "Thank You, Connecticut" exhibition are Rex Prescott Walden, Shelby Head, Nathan Lewis, Joe Boginski, and James Gortner.

Artists selected for exhibition include: Sharon Butler, Hollis Dunlap, Jaclyn Conley, Camille Eskell, Steven DiGiovanni, Jonathan Waters, Molly McDonald, Scott Paterson, George Phelps, Roland Becerra, Connie Pfeiffer, and Charles Macalvayne.

About the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery

The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery opened in December 2009 in Stamford, Connecticut. Its mission is to build artists’ careers from the doors in and to build community from the doors out. It specializes in international emerging artists, as well as important secondary market works and estate collections. In just five short years, the gallery has been awarded citations from the Connecticut General Assembly and from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. In 2015, the gallery became the official sponsor of the Joseph Kosuth exhibition, ni apparence ni illusion, at the Louvre. Current artists exhibiting in the gallery include Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Longo, Louise Fishman, Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Jim Dine, Sean Scully, Jacqueline Humphries, Arturo Di Modica, Jena Thomas, John J. Bedoya, Rex Prescott Walden, Kirsten Reynolds, Damla T. Faro, Evelin Velásquez, Shelby Head, and Nathan Lewis.

Dates: August 1 through September 5, 2015
Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
96 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Our hours are Monday: by appointment
Tues. - Sat.: 11 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: closed

Image at Top: Sharon Butler, Blue Alloy, 2015, oil and t-shirt scraps on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Yaddo Residency in July

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.
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