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.