Brian Butler is a real nice guy and a talented artist, and I’m not just saying that because his website told me so—his paintings and drawings are loose, bright, and packed with maniacal critters. His art studio is always in his backpack, as most of his work feeds off of the immediacy of a pen and a sketchbook. His illustrations elicit a feeling of rampant positivity and good times, even when it’s a Satanist cat among bloody daggers. You might even catch a glimpse of the reclusive Ice Cream People throughout his work.
After conquering his home state’s putt-putt offerings, Butler left Massachusetts to find new courses in Miami, Fla.
While the peacocks and dolphins have been fulfilling, he’s returning this week with a two-man show at Blanc Gallery, Infinite Scroll.
With a variety of installations and projected video from Ghost Dad, it’s sure to be a party.
Collaborating digitally with Cody DeFranco, the pair are “reconstructing debris from a digital age.”
With information so readily accessible all around us, this show relates back to their “endless scrolling through news and photo feeds online.” We have many ways in which to get our messages across in modern times, and it all needs to be filtered in an efficient, colorful manner. This is Butler’s style of work in general: “If I’m drawing live at a concert, the drawings are going to be quick so I can squeeze in as many details as possible.”
Butler relates the collections of drawing at Blanc further to his “expanded version of Emoji icons.” Rendered as quick, clean pink icons, they may very well be added into our future as a means of speedily communicating with each other. Some could make sense, like a “cheeseburger with no onions,” or be culturally relevant with “a random Star Trek reference,” according to Butler.
I look forward to telling friends in a single text that I both need to go to the grocery store for red onions, and would also like to switchblade a pineapple.
Thank you for expanding our visual vocabulary, Brian Butler.
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