Benjamin Butler, Grey Tree 2012, oil on linen, 60 x 50 cm
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is proud to present young American artist Benjamin Butler's first solo exhibition in London from 16 March to 27 April 2013.
Within this new group of works, Butler's iconic exploration of the 'tree' takes on a dark, almost monochromatic character. These paintings are in one sense relics of Modernism - arguably an extended and diversified exploration of Mondrian's tree paintings, and an assertion of the objecthood of the canvas. Butler's loose economical mark-making loses the idealism of pure abstraction however, acknowledging the materiality of the canvas as well as his process of making. These elements are exemplified or 'performed' through vivid gestural, yet minimal, permutations. Through concentrated divisions of the picture plane, Butler's paintings use drawing to explore ideas of depth, surface and horizon in a painted space that hovers tentatively between abstraction and figuration.
Benjamin Butler (born 1975) lives and works in Vienna. Solo exhibitions include Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin; Galerie Michael Zink, Berlin; Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles; Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York; and Team Gallery, New York.