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Kyle Butler, “Big Trash Day”

Tue, Aug 9 - Sat, Sep 3
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free
Buffalo Arts Studio • 2495 Main St. Suite 500, Buffalo 14214

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Kyle Butler shifts his process and materials from one series to the next, moving between image-based painting and process–based installation work. In much of the work, the built environment draws attention to the interplay of competing and cooperating systems as well as the limitations of those systems. For a brief time, a neighborhood lays out a series of pragmatic sculptures by the roadside to be picked up or picked through. The incidental aesthetic they form relates to another such aesthetic that has been an ongoing influence in Butler’s work: the happenstance assembly of elements often apparent on dead–end streets. Butler appreciates the sum total of the worn signage, warped fences, scattered debris, overgrowth, roads that dissipate into grass, and the variety of stones, posts, and other barriers to passage. Butler regards these environments as a form of municipal expression, a sour visual sentiment brought into being by the unwitting collaboration between residents, governing powers, and infrastructure. While the accidental aesthetics may be amusing, they are also an unflattering indicator of a built environment that is often oppressive and a governing system that disregards the well–being of select groups for the sake of capital.

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