“Recent Trees and Monochromes” marks Benjamin Butler’s fourth solo exhibition at Galerie Martin Janda. The artist’s new and recreated paintings of trees as a conceptual and visual turn of expression is on display through June 2, 2018.
In this exhibition, Butler aims to develop visual boundaries of his subject through blending Modernism and psychedelia. The painted trees are represented as solitary and isolated figures surrounded by simplified fields of color with hints of folk art and pop art. The trees can be looked from different perspectives such as it could be fragments of a forest, individual paintings, works in dialogue within an installation or an enriched version in the artist’s oeuvre.
The new ‘monochrome’ paintings again draws similar characteristics from Butler’s earlier works that were inspired by easel-sized landscape paintings and banal scenic imagery. The difference however is that earlier the works focused on abstraction of the trees and branches, whereas in the recent ones, the works offer a zoomed-out view through the lens or filter of an abstract monochrome painting that gives way to a combination of landscape painting and Minimalism. The reflective and vivid images is a fusion of positive and negative imagery, assorted approaches of abstraction and figure/ground relationships (underpainting and overpainting).
The ongoing reinvention of Butler’s artistic practice from one landscape to another covers theoretical complexity balancing pictorial beauty and conceptual restraint.
This exhibition is on view through June 2, 2018, at Galerie Martin Janda, Eschenbachgasse 11, 1010 Vienna, Austria.
For details please visit: http://www.martinjanda.at/en/exhibitions
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder Louise Blouin