Invitation: “Sharon Butler: Good Morning” at SEASON in Seattle

UPDATE: The first edition of the Good Morning Drawings book has sold out. I’m printing a second edition, so please contact Robert if you would like to reserve a copy. Please join Robert Yoder and me on Thursday, April 20, 6-8 pm, and Sunday, April 23, in the afternoon, at his gallery, SEASON, for a solo exhibition of paintings based … read more… “Invitation: “Sharon Butler: Good Morning” at SEASON in Seattle”

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Invitations: Miami and Paris

I have two shows opening this week: A solo show (S-105) curated by Robert Yoder/SEASON at the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and the Paris iteration of  “Deux Côtés / Two Sides,” at Galerie Jean Fournier.  This exhibition is the second of a two-part collaboration, presented with  Theodore:Art in Brooklyn. If you are in either neighborhood, I hope you will stop by and say … read more… “Invitations: Miami and Paris”

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My camping residency at Hammonasset Beach

This week I bought a cheap tent and headed to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut, for a break from the city. I wanted to see the starry sky, draw by the nearly-full moon, and wake up before dawn to watch the sunrise on the beach. The 500-site campground is a mecca for families … read more… “My camping residency at Hammonasset Beach”


Invitation: “Sharon Butler: New Paintings” opens Friday, January 8, at Theodore:Art

UPDATE: The show has been extended through February 21, 2016. Images of the paintings on view are available here. Big thanks to all the critics who have responded to the show: Enrico Gomez, “Sharon Butler,” WagMag, February 10, 2016. Patrick Neal, “Philosophical Paintings that Bare Their Process,” Hyperallergic, February 5, 2016. Benjamin Riley, “The Critic’s … read more… “Invitation: “Sharon Butler: New Paintings” opens Friday, January 8, at Theodore:Art”

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Invitations to 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. [Image at top: On view at EBK Gallery in October: Sharon Butler, Cybercave, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.] On September 30, 6pm, … read more… “Invitations to upcoming events: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hartford, Greensboro”

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William Faulkner on discrepancies and contradictions

As a guest at Yaddo this summer (studio pictured above with work in progress), I have access to a lovely library, which is located in a neo-classical building in the center of the compound. Built in 1910, the stucco-clad structure also houses the residency office and the grounds garage, and features a charming Tuscan colonnade. … read more… “William Faulkner on discrepancies and contradictions”


Studio update: Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program

I’ll be working in Long Island City for the next few months and then heading back to DUMBO, where I’ve been invited to participate in the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program. Two Trees, a major real estate developer in DUMBO, announced last June that they were planning to help artists and arts organizations stay … read more… “Studio update: Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program”

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SURVEY: Bleaching, staining, and dyeing

Matthew J. Mahler, B T W #1[by the way], 2013, acrylic and dye on canvas, 36 x 40 inches. Courtesy of Sardine. In fall 2012, the flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy prompted me to think about processes like soaking and staining; in the studio I started to thin binder-and-pigment mixtures with water, pouring … read more… “SURVEY: Bleaching, staining, and dyeing”


Secondary usage: Four questions and answers

I recently received an email from artist and curator Brendan Carroll with the following four questions, and since I spent a fair amount of time yesterday writing the answers, I thought the exchange might make an interesting post, especially the part about working from observation.  Carroll is curating a show called “Out of Step” that … read more… “Secondary usage: Four questions and answers”

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Upcoming show: Dense Surveillance

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 … read more… “Upcoming show: Dense Surveillance”