PRESS RELEASE:
KYLE BUTLER

MAY 6 - JUNE 7, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, MAY 6, 6-8 p.m.

Statement from the artist:

Roil began as a particular drawing process. A cluster of heavy marks is drawn according to a contained sets of rules which change from one cluster to the next. One cluster has lines that are roughly corrugated and set in an awkward procession. Another is built from curvilinear lines that echo outward from originator marks.  The next sequentially traces a single line's movement. Then a cluster of multiple overlapping sequences. A cluster of polite lines collaborating on an oblique pattern.  Stout marks forming a staggered trail. A hair-like mass, and so on. Once these various jurisdictions of marks are laid down, a secondary wave of marks steps in, either to chaperone the clusters toward greater compositional, spatial, and atmospheric cooperation, or to antagonize the clusters by acting out of step with their fundamental structure.

To translate this mark-making strategy to a painting format, prepared panels are covered in a dense layer of graphite and the drawings are done with strips of tape instead of pencil. The tape composition is sprayed over with paint, typically in a restricted color palette that creates broad gradients of light and shadow. In both the penciled and the taped iterations of this process, there is a distinct physicality to the marks. In pencil, the marks are harsh and territorial, laid out as if they are individual objects. With tape, the marks are actual objects that can be picked up, put down, bent, crimped, and torn. They have a tangible reality, acting more as an individual among groups rather than a line among images.

The intent of the drawing process is to keep the work from landing at too comfortable a place; to avoid repetitive formalism by continually changing form. Were the marks too copacetic, then the image risks becoming agreeable: marks abiding by a set, stale order like cheerful dignitaries acting in stride. Instead, the image tries to be disagreeable; unwilling to allow for a tidy whole; more contrarian than chaperone.

Nina Freudenheim Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 10 to 5, Saturday and Monday by appointment.
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