REDACTED at Islip Museum4/7/2014
From the press release:
The exhibition examines alterations, inversions, erasures, cover-ups, cut-aways, strike-throughs and other amendments in vision, thought and execution by contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums and methodologies.
In the Oxford English Dictionary, the word redact is defined simply as “to edit,” as one might prepare a document for publication. But in the 20th century the term took on a broader depth of meaning inferring myriad associations to obfuscation, disinformation, censorship and the almighty non-sequitur. In contemporary culture, the word “redacted” has connotations that go deeper than blacked out C.I.A. documents. Deletion or disinformation – redactions – in nonfiction can have the effect of turning truth into fantasy. Excision or concealment in written, auditory, or film and video material might alter history, obscure entire hypotheses or convert, disguise or transform content. In the visual brain, imagery can be eclipsed by ocular migraines or sun blindness resulting in a redacted visual field, and in psychology, trauma can result in whole areas of memory that cease to be accessible. But since 1953, when Robert Rauschenberg spent that long month erasing one of Willem de Kooning’s favorite drawings, the idea of redaction has been central to the concept of altered content in visual art.
Upcoming trip to LA4/7/2014
Organized by Marie Thibeault.
Blueprint @ Union College2/15/2014
Curated by Brece Honeycutt, featuring work by Sharon Butler, Peter Dudek, Victoria Palermo.
The Atrium Gallery
Union College Visual Arts Department
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308-3107
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public
Image at top: Sharon Butler, Wall of paintings, 2014.
SMART PAINTING in New Haven2/5/2014
Smart Painting, Artspace, New Haven, CT. February 7 through March 22, 2014. Curated by John O'Donnell
Please join us for the Curator's Talk and Opening Reception on Friday, February 7, 5-8pm.
The ten artists in "Smart Painting," an exhibition at New
Haven's Artspace Gallery, are an inquisitive group, asking a range of
questions, which, at their most basic level, include: What should a
painting look like? How should I paint it? What should I paint it on?
Beginning with simple questions like these, each of the artists believes
(more than most painters) that how they paint is as important as the image they paint.
Artist include Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, and Tatiana Berg.
Location: 50 Orange Street
(corner of Orange & Crown)
New Haven, CT 06510
Wednesday / Thursday 12–6
Friday / Saturday 12–8
Sunday / Monday / Tuesday • CLOSED
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Image at top: Sharon Butler, Air, 2013, pigment and binder, pencil on linen tarp, 12 x 12 inches.
Residue, curated by Brian Dupont1/14/2014
Just outside DC at Adah Rose Gallery, Brooklyn artist and writer Brian Dupont has curated "Residue"
an exhibition that celebrates contemporary artists' gleeful,
unapologetic, and often imperfect use of masking tape. Featuring work by Sharon Butler, JD Hastings and Toni Tiller, Steven Charles, and Michael Calaghan.
Through February 9, 2014.
Adah Rose Gallery
Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Director
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington, Maryland 20895
For more information:
Image above: Sharon Butler, Processing Air, 2013, latex enamel on linen tarp, site specific project. Click here to see the entire image and more details about the show.
Two Coats of Paint won the 2013 CC/Warhol Foundation Arts Writing Grant!12/10/2013
What an unexpected and gratifying development. I'm thankful for all the friends, family, colleagues, universities, and arts institutions who have supported me since I started Two Coats of Paint back in 2007. And congratulations to all the other grant recipients. For anyone who submitted applications this year and was rejected--keep trying. This isn't the first time I applied.
From the press release:
The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is
pleased to announce the recipients of its 2013 grants. Designed to
support writing about contemporary art, as well as to create a broader
audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a
whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of
engaging the visual arts.
In its 2013 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of
619,000 USD to twenty writers. Ranging from 10,000 USD to 50,000 USD in
four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing—these
grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art
audiences, from scholarly studies to self-published blogs.
Melissa Messina, Mildred Thompson: Making the Invisible Visible (Savannah, GA)
Federico Windhausen, Narcisa Hirsch, the Goethe Group, and Argentine Experimental Cinema During the Dirty War (Oakland, CA)
Sharon Butler,Two Coats of Paint (New York, NY)
Ed Fuentes, Paint This Desert (Las Vegas, NV)
Andrew Horwitz, Art Criticism for the Post-Material World (Brooklyn, NY)
Monica Amor, Gego: Weaving the Space In Between (Philadelphia, PA)
Jennifer Bajorek, How to Write a Visual History of Liberation: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in Africa (Brooklyn, NY)
George Baker, Lateness and Longing: On the Afterlife of Photography (Los Angeles, CA)
Claudia Calirman, A Study from the Margins: Female Practices in Brazil and Chile
(New York, NY)
Kellie Jones, Art is an Excuse: Conceptual Strategies 1968-1983 (Brooklyn, NY)
Saloni Mathur, A Fragile Inheritance: Radical Stakes in Contemporary Indian Art
(Los Angeles, CA)
Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Troubled Waters: Ecology and History in 21st-Century Caribbean Art (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Krista Thompson, The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (Evanston, IL)
Andrew Berardini (Los Angeles, CA)
Robert Berlind (New York, NY)
Travis Diehl (Los Angeles, CA)
Travis Jeppesen (Berlin, Germany)
Jennifer Kabat (Margaretville, NY)
Kate Sutton (Nashville, TN)
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (Beirut, Lebanon)
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)