December 31, 2012

"Sharon Butler: Precisionist Casual" at Pocket Utopia

Happy New Year! See you at Pocket Utopia on Sunday.

From the press release:

Pocket Utopia is pleased to present “Precisionist Casual,” a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sharon Butler. The exhibition 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 Modern.

"Precisionist Casual" is Butler's first solo show at Pocket Utopia.

Special Program Dates:
Sat., Jan. 19, 4pm - 6pm, Gorky’s Granddaughter
Mon., Jan., 28, 6pm - 8pm, Raphael Rubinstein
Sun., Feb., 17, 4pm - 6pm, Kate Wadkins

"Sharon Butler: Precisionist Casual, New Paintings," Pocket Utopia, 191 Henry Street
New York, NY.
January 8-February 17, 2013. Opening reception Sunday, January 6, 6-8 pm.

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


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