Good news: I just got the brochure proofs for “Dense Surveillance,” my upcoming solo show at Westchester Community College. The space at WCC is roomy–the longest wall is 47 feet–and lit by a glorious wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The exhibition runs from September 3 through November 24 and will include both a workshop and an artist’s talk, so stay tuned for more dates and details. Here’s a snapshot taken at the Elizabeth Foundation (where I’ve been working for the summer) of a 7 x 8 foot painting in progress and the short text that we put together for the brochure. Installation takes place at the end of August!
UPDATE: Opening reception for the show is September 12, 5-7pm. A link to directions is posted below.
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.”
“Sharon Butler: Dense Surveillance,” organized by Matt Ferranto. Fine Art Gallery at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY. September 3-November 24, 2013. Stay tuned for the date of the workshop and artist’s talk.