On View: Kyle Butler's purposeful abstractions



Courtesy of Kyle Butler

These mixed media works appear at first to be strong gestural paintings, featuring rhythmic patterns flowing down the surface and swooping across the picture plane. In fact they are laborious reproductions of gestural paint markings, made with spray paint, wood stain, and repeated masking. The series is called, appropriately, Contrived Gestures, and it is featured—along with two other recent bodies of work by Kyle Butler—at Nina Freudenheim this month.

Butler says that he is “seeking order in a context of disorder.” He succeeds in creating masterful paintings with sculptural impact. Previously, Butler’s paintings have had a much greater relationship with architectural forms; these works have discarded the literal representation of architecture completely, but kept its massive, thrusting presence.

The show is called Dead in the Eye, Strait in the Face, Square in the Jaw.              

On view through March 1 with an opening on January 26 (6–8 p.m.) at Nina Freudenheim Gallery, 140 North Street, 882-5777.

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