Tuesday, November 17, 2015

UNEARTHED (Closing Reception + Performance): Nov 21th, 7-11pm

"Unearthed" features work by Jennifer Bennett + Bridget Frances Quinn with individual projects + a collaborative installation inspired by exploration and the compulsion to collect + archive found material from the world around them. Join us for the last chance to see the exhibition before it returns to the earth with a closing reception and special performance by artist, Jennifer Bennett at 9pm.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

UNEARTHED: October 30 - November 22, 2015

Please join us for the opening reception of "UNEARTHED" this Friday, October 30, 7-11pm.

Featured artists Jennifer Bennett and Bridget Frances Quinn made their way to Detroit to participate in residency programs. The two women were introduced to each other just one month ago when Butter Projects brought them together for the first exhibition of the season*. Each share a fascination with exploration developed out of a compulsion to collect and archive found material from the world around them - both natural and man-made elements that come from or been have returned to the earth. “Unearthed” includes both individual projects by each artist as well as a collaborative installation which incorporates sculptural components set among photographic environments.

Dual US and Swiss citizen, Bennett first visited Detroit in 2006 from Hamburg, Germany and returned in 2014 to attend a residency at Filter Detroit in Hamtramck and again in 2015. This exhibition marks the culmination of a project titled “Stands on All Sides”, a body of ceramic sculptures created from native clay sourced at the various locations where Bennett had residencies this summer in Columbus-Ohio, Detroit-Michigan, and Medellin-Columbia. Many of the works were created while in Detroit, during a series of community workshops held at Popps Packing, another prominent local residency program.  

Coming from Austin, Texas in 2013, Quinn attended a residency at Third Story in Southwest Detroit and never left. Shortly after the decision to permanently relocate to Detroit, Quinn founded Picnic Club, an open group that meets at various locations throughout the city to inspire curiosity and engage in creative investigations all while enjoying a picnic. “Unearthed” features a most recent excursion titled “Beautiful Trespass” where picnickers gathered to sing along to the sounds of traffic on a green island surrounded by converging expressways.

"Unearthed" will be on display through November 22, 2015. From November 6 - 22, Butter will be open Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm with additional hours by appointment.

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.



"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.

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

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.”