March 14, 2012

Benjamin Butler - SOME TREES

Some Trees by Benjamin Butler
On view at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery  from March 8 - April 22, 2012.
Photos from the opening below...

Benjamin Butler, Untitled Forest, 2012, 14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

Benjamin Butler, Untitled Forest, 2012, 14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas


The title of the show is borrowed from the John Ashbery poem, 'Some Trees', and points to Butler's specific meditation on painting. For most of the past decade, 'trees' and 'forests', have served for Butler as a pictorial stand-in and a point of departure for making abstract paintings. In these recent works, Butler is seen approaching his paintings more directly as objects, considering not only the front surface of the canvas, but the sides as well. By doing so, Butler delineates the area between painting as a window and as a plane, while his image treads between a signified 'tree' and a series of shapes, colors, and lines. With the intention of extending the visual boundaries of his motif, Butler incorporates the languages of modernism, minimalism, and post-pop representation, while keeping an eye towards the modesty of folk art and the ubiquity of popular culture. The varied results hint at a connection to the trees of Ashbery’s poem; “That their merely being there / Means something.”

Benjamin Butler, Untitled Forest, 2012, 14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

Benjamin Butler, Untitled Forest, 2012, 14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas
Benjamin Butler, Grey Tree, 2012, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas

Benjamin Butler, Grey Tree, 2012, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas

Autumn Forest (Sixty-Three Trees), 2012, 60 x 96 inches, oil on canvas


Benjamin Butler, Yellow Tree, 2011-2012, 30 x 24 inches, oil on canvas
more on Benjamin Butler HERE

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love your trees!