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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Staging Ground: May 1-30, 2015

Please join us for the opening reception of "STAGING GROUND" this Friday, May 1, 7-11pm.


ALEXANDER BUZZALINI
JON P GEIGER

NICK MAYER


"Staging Ground" features installations by three artists working across a range of media who transform the gallery space by creating environments for both the individual components of their work and the viewer. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between figure and ground as the artists compose narratives that speak to history, masculine archetypes, and displacement. Through the use of color, scale, and imagery, the installations set the stage for us to enter another place, time, or state of mind.  

Formally trained as a printmaker, Alexander Buzzalini of Hamtramck, MI creates work that straddles the line between 2 and 3 Dimensions. His drawings function as props that become animated by emerging away from and receding back into flat space. Buzzalini received his BFA from Wayne State University in 2013 and has exhibited across Metro Detroit, most recently at Public Pool (Hamtramck, MI), and Madonna University (Livonia, MI).

Jon P Geiger, ceramist living and working in Pontiac, MI, employs the magic of cinema through the appropriation of distinct imagery and symbolism from the Great American West juxtaposed with handcrafted elements. Geiger received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Three Walls (Chicago, IL) and Good Weather Gallery (North Little Rock, AR)

Nick Mayer, currently in Long Island, NY creates painting based installations that challenge traditional modes of display by rolling, slumping, and layering works on top of each other. His large-scale installations play with contrasting concepts and language –both visual and written. Mayer is a Yale University School of Art 2017 MFA candidate and has exhibited nationally, with an upcoming exhibition at Lease Agreement (Baltimore, MD)


On display through May 30, 2015. From May 8 - 30, Butter will be open Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm with additional hours by appointment.

http://www.butterprojects.info/

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Whisper Well: March 13 - April 10, 2015

 

Please join us for the opening reception of "Whisper Well" this Friday, March 13, 7-11pm. With a special performance at 8:30pm.

The work featured in "Whisper Well" finds beauty in the overlooked and discarded. Sharing an unspoken sensibility, the four female artists take pause to examine and give new life to the various materials and moments found in their respective studio practices. These private acts of making, whether tied to personal association or to the artists hand,
transcend the individual experience through a universal compulsion to see, touch, and feel our way to understanding.

Pontiac, MI based ceramicist, Lindsey Dezman's minimal works feature recurring forms and materials that serve as a visual record of the repetition of her daily practice.

Kim Hildebrandt of Wyandotte, MI will be doing a live performance of "Reach" a work that pushes her physical limitations and leaves behind a mapping of her failed attempts. Kim's performance will begin at 8:30pm.

Detroit, MI based sculptor, Kylie Lockwood's work is influenced by the body and the ambiguous spaces that exist between inside and outside.

Rachel Reynolds, Hamtramck, MI based painter and mixed media artist will be exhibiting an installation inspired by imagery collected anonymously in public spaces.

On display through April 10, 2015. From March 20 - April 10, Butter will be open Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm with additional hours by appointment.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's Like Shit and Flowers: A Homecoming - Feb. 27th, 7-11pm

















ONE NIGHT ONLY: FRIDAY, FEB. 27TH, 7-11PM
Join us for a special viewing of “It’s Like Shit and Flowers”

John Charnota and Alison Wong have returned from Philly with work from their exhibition “It’s Like Shit and Flowers” and wanted to share it with everyone back home!

This first time collaborative between John Charnota and Alison Wong was recently exhibited at Grizzly Grizzly. The two part, two month long exhibition opened in December and was then reworked and reinstalled for the month of January. Works from both iterations of the exhibition will be on display at Butter Projects this Friday, February 27th with a reception from 7-11pm.

“It’s Like Shit and Flowers” combines contrasting concepts to seek an appreciation for both, while commenting on the futile attempts we take to mask one with the other. The exhibition explores themes such as beauty and decay, love and loss, the authentic and the constructed.

It's Like Shit and Flowers comes home because after all...
“from shit come flowers that over time return to shit and back again.”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's Like Shit and Flowers - Show Pics

Here are some pics for those who weren't able to make it out to our exhibition in Philly last Friday.









Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's Like Shit and Flowers Dec 5, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015



Butter Projects is headed to Philadelphia...

"It's Like Shit and Flowers" is part of an exchange with Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), whose members premiered their work in "Writing Lessons" earlier this year. 

Alison Wong and John Charnota will be opening their collaborative exhibition “It’s Like Shit and Flowers” at Grizzly Grizzly, this Friday, December 5, with an opening reception from 6-10pm.
The exhibition will evolve half way through the run of the exhibition and will be on view through Saturday, January 31, 2015.

“It’s Like Shit and Flowers” combines contrasting concepts to seek an appreciation for both, while commenting on the futile attempts we take to mask one with the other. The exhibition explores themes such as beauty and decay, love and loss, the authentic and the constructed.


For full press release and more information visit Grizzly Grizzly HERE

Monday, September 29, 2014

Writing Lessons: Oct 3 - Nov 7, 2014


Butter Projects is pleased to be starting off the exhibition season with an exchange with our friends from the Philadelphia-based curatorial collective, Grizzly Grizzly!

Writing Lessons is a group exhibition inspired by a set of instructions found in the textbook, Manual of Fundamentals in the Teaching of Handwriting in the Public Schools, published in 1918. In the book, author, Tom Sawyier instructs students through the finer points of cursive penmanship using cryptic directions such as this one, for writing the letter "A":
 Around-up-down-up; around down; roll-pull; 1-2.

Intrigued by the concept of using words to describe the making of words (and the multiplicity of meanings created by that effort), members of Philadelphia-based curatorial collective Grizzly Grizzly offer a group exhibition of works related to text and the kinesthetic and visual relationship of the mind and hand.  

Writing Lessons features works both by members of Grizzly Grizzly and artists who have exhibited with Grizzly Grizzly in the past; it includes work on paper, painting, sculpture, audio, and video.  

ARTISTS: Ruth Scott Blackson, Casey Droege, Talia Greene, Michael Konrad, Cindy Stockton Moore, Mary Smull, Mike Richison, Christopher Powell, Josh Weiss, and Margo Wolowiec.

Please join us this Friday, October 3, from 7-11pm for the opening reception and meet Grizzly Grizzly member Mary Smull, along with participating artists, Mike Richison and Christopher Powell, who will be in attendance.

Writing Lessons will be on display through November 7, 2014. During the run of the exhibition, Butter will be open Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm with additional hours by appointment.

This exhibition is part of and exchange between Grizzly Grizzly and Butter Projects, who will be exhibiting in Philadelphia December 5, 2014 –Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Summer Sale Closing Party


Friday, September 5, 7-10pm

Don't miss out, there are still lots of great items left and all purchases support exhibition programming. Join us for an evening of music, drinks, and special deals!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BUTTER SUMMER SALE - July 18-Sept5, 2014


Butter Projects is hosting a special sale with hundreds of items from art supplies, knick-knacks, housewares, and more generously donated by local artists. These items have been used to create custom works of art, interactive installations, and unique displays throughout the gallery.

Everything is priced to sell and available for purchase on a first come basis with all proceeds going to benefit future exhibitions and programming at Butter Projects.

The Butter Summer Sale will be open Fridays from 1-5 pm and Saturdays from 1-3 pm with additional hours by appointment through September 5, 2014.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Exhibition Extended


BINDING (The Secret Sayers)
will be on display through June 22, 2014

Regular Hours:
Fridays: 1-5pm
Saturdays: 1-3pm

*LAST DAY*
and book release
Sunday, June 22, 2-6pm


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BINDING (The Secret Sayers) May 2 - June 22



BUTTER projects is excited to bring together two artists, Brooklyn, NY based, Loren Erdrich and Oakland, CA based, Bunnie Reiss for a collaborative exhibition, titled “Binding (The Secret Sayers)” which opens Friday, May 2nd with an opening reception from 7-10pm. The exhibition runs through June 22, 2014.

The two mixed media artists met five years ago during a residency at the Vermont Studio Center where they made a connection through their shared philosophy and practice. Coming from varied approaches, Erdrich and Reiss are both avid makers whose work is woven together through threads of magic and mysticism. Over the past month, Reiss relocated to Brooklyn on an ad-hoc residency to work side by side with Erdrich in preparation for this exhibition.

“Binding (The Secret Sayers)” will feature both collaborative installations and independent works that were created in dialogue with each other. Drawing lies at the foundation of Erdrich and Reiss’s process. It is this first mark, this first line that runs along the surface of the page, charged with their own stories, that binds them together. The strength of this magical bond, comes to a pinnacle in their large scale installation which showcases a two headed coyote emerging from the ground, symbolizing the power of a third entity created from two joined forces.

During the run of the exhibition, Butter Projects will hold open hours Friday from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm. Additional hours can be made by appointment, to schedule, email butter.projects@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Closing Reception: April 18, 7-10pm



LAST CHANCE TO VIEW
"HERE TO THERE - EAR TO EAR"

WORK BY:
JILL GALARNEAU
KATY LLOYD
JONATHAN RAJEWSKI

JOIN US FOR THE CLOSING RECEPTION
FRIDAY, APRIL 18, FROM 7-10 PM
WITH LIVE DJ SET

Saturday, March 8, 2014

HERE TO THERE - EAR TO EAR: Friday, March 14, 2014


JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION
FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH FROM 7-10PM

Here to There - Ear to Ear explores various approaches in abstraction with an emphasis on line and color. Working with a diverse range of materials and techniques, the artists in the exhibition all share a playful sensibility that is sure to bring a smile to your face!

FEATURED ARTISTS:

JILL GALARNEAU
KATY LLOYD
JONATHAN RAJEWSKI


On display through April 18, 2014. During the run of the exhibition, Butter will be open Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm. Additional hours by appointment.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CLOSING RECEPTION, NOV 22


PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CLOSING PARTY
THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, FROM 7-11PM

DJ: JOHN CHARNOTA
LIVE MUSIC: JOHN KRAUTNER
JULIE BENJAMIN + STEVE SHAW

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

RANGE




EXHIBITION OPENS OCTOBER 25, 7-10PM

“RANGE” features various approaches to landscape photography with an emphasis on strong horizon lines. The artists in the exhibition allow us to enter the spaces represented in their work and lead us to imagine the expanse beyond the frame. 

Featuring work by: MILLEE TIBBS + MATT GIEL
KYOHEI ABE, MONICA BREEN, RYAN DEBOLSKI, THEA AUGUSTINA ECK, JESSICA HARVEY, SCOTT HOCKING, MARISSA JEZAK, ALEKSEY KONDRATYEV, CASSIE LOPEZ, ED PANAR, DANIEL RIBAR, and CHRIS SCHNEIDER




On display through November 22, 2013. During the run of the exhibition, Butter will be open Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm. Additional hours by appointment.