May 23rd 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ,
KING & KING
A new sculpture
Installed in the United States

May 16th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
SAVE THE DATE
BAD+
July 6-10 2022
HANGAR 14

May 9th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
LINDA KARSHAN
Backstage filming ‘Two Feet Walking’
By Ishmael Annobil, Filmmaker
In response to the architecture of Murray Edwards College
Cambridge University
8th April 2022

May 2nd 2022

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
HELMUT FEDERLE

April 25th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
BENEDICTE DELAY WITH JASON BUTLER
‘ONE ON ONE’
Exhibition at ArtHouse Jersey
14 April – 2 May 2022

April 11th 2022

NATURE NOTES:
HELLO TO SPRING, PARIS

April 4th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
A WALKED DRAWING, ‘TWO FEET WALKING’,
By Linda Karshan
In collaboration with Filmmaker, Ishmael Annobil
In response to the architecture of Murray Edwards College,
University of Cambridge

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March 28th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ISHMAEL ANNOBIL, 'INSOMNIA'
Coming soon at L'Interstice, Arles
Opening on April 15, 2022

March 21st 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
JASON BUTLER, ‘ONE ON ONE’
Launch new ArtHouse exhibition space
Jersey, England

March 14th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ART & LANGUAGE, "THESE SCENES", 2016
Acquired by Centre Pompidou

March 7th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ
Bauhaus-Museum,
Weimar, Germany

February 21st 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
LOSING DAN GRAHAM
1942-2022

February 14th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
THE DEVELOPMENT OF BAD+
BORDEAUX + ART + DESIGN
New dates: July 6-10 2022, at HANGAR 14

February 7th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
2000 THANK YOU NOTES
7 February 2022

January 31st 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
NEW SPACE FOR JSVCPROJECTS

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January 24th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ROBERT STONE
Debut with Haines Gallery at FOG Design + Art 2022
San Francisco, CA

January 17th 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MISCHA KUBALL
nolde / kritik / documenta
A project by documenta archiv, Draiflessen Collection and Mischa Kuball
NEW DATE: FALL 2022

January 10th 2022

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

January 3rd 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022!
WARM WISHES AND NEW ADVENTURES

December 13th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MINYADES
An exhibition of paintings by Richard Höglund
The Bonnier Gallery, Miami
December 2021
A Catalogue Essay

December 6th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MISCHA KUBALL
ReferenzRäume
Museum Morsbroich
5 December – 24 April 2022

November 29th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ABOUT THE TREES
Thanksgiving 2021

November 25th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

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November 15th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
THE WORLD MAP
Thanks to Mr Hide

November 8th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
KOEN VANMECHELEN LABIOMISTA, GENK (BELGIUM)
The book launch and debate
“NOT TO BE MISTAKEN”, November, 4th

October 25th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
OCTOBER 2021
"Linda Karshan: The Covid-19 Conversation"
Still in the limelight

October 18th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IDE TO POLAND
POSTSCRIPT PARIS

October 11th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IDE TO POLAND III
Out of the oven
Warsaw Sept 28-Oct 3

October 5th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
HELMUT FEDERLE
NOVARTIS Campus – Forum 3, Basel
DIENER & DIENER - WIEDERIN
2005

October 2nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
BETWEEN LISTENING AND TELLING
Esther Shalev Gerz
Nuit Blanche Paris,
Tonight

September 27th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

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September 20th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ART BASEL HALL 2.0C1
René Schmitt and ART & LANGUAGE
THESE SCENES, 2016

September 6th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MISCHA KUBALL
Wolfsburg and Utopias

September 2nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IDE TO POLAND
A new expedition on the CERAMIC & FOOD ROUTE

August 30th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IDE TO POLAND
A new expedition on the CERAMIC & FOOD ROUTE
Bright blue and white ceramics fill the dining room with warmth and visual appeal

August 23rd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IDE TO POLAND
A new expedition on the CERAMIC & FOOD ROUTE
Starts today in Warsaw through 3 October

August 2nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ
SUMMER IN PARIS

July 30th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

July 26th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
ARCO MADRID,
1st Art Fair in 2 years

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July 23rd 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

July 19th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

July 16th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

July 12th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IN THE ARTIST'S STUDIO
JASON BUTLER "THE COLLAGES"
Pop-Up Exhibition, Jersey

July 5th 2021

STILL BEHIND THE SCENES:
NINA NOWAK'S EXHIBITION
Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen

June 28th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
PER KIRKEBY UNREALISED BRICK PROJECTS
Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen

June 21st 2021

NEW ARRIVALS:
MISCHA KUBALL

June 18th 2021

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
HELMUT FEDERLE NIETZSCHE-HAUS SILS-MARIA
Schwabe AG Basel, 2004 Peter André Bloch & Jan Thorn-Prikker
on the occasion of Helmut Federle's "Edelweiss im Nietzsche-Haus, Sils-Maria" exhibition in Nietzsche's Haus, Sept 2004 to July 2005

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June 14th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
L'INTERSTICE ARLES OPENING
JOSETTE SAYERS AND GUILLAUME ZUILI'S PHOTOGRAPHS
Brave and fearless

June 11th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
CONGRATULATIONS ISHMAEL ANNOBIL
DIRECTOR for "LINDA KARSHAN: COVID-19 CONVERSATION"​
WINNER BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY AT MYKONOS INTL FILM FES

June 4th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
THE LAUNCH OF REAL TIME AND THE 3BS

May 31st 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
FLOWERS OF PERHAPS
LIOR GAL
ENGELS PLEIN, LEUVEN BELGIUM

May 24th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MATHILDE BRETILLOT DESIGNS NEW MUSEUM FOR LA MANUFACTURE DE GIEN

May 17th 2021

THIS TIME TWO YEARS AGO:
DRAW ART FAIR, LONDON, 2019, DESIGNER MATHILDE BRETILLOT AND ARCHITECT MISKA MILLER-LOVEGROVE

May 10th 2021

NEW ARRIVALS:
WETTERLING, STOCKHOLM

April 25th 2021

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
HELMUT FEDERLE
ABSTRACT PAINTING OF AMERICA AND EUROPE
Ritter Verlag, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, 1988

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April 11th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
LUKAS HOFFMANN, CNAP ACQUISITION AND TWO EXHIBITIONS

April 9th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ, WEFRAC 2021

April 2nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
"LINDA KARSHAN: COVID-19 CONVERSATION"
selected by Nawada and Hollywood Boulevard Festivals

March 29th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ
CNAP ACQUISITION,
"Describing Labor", 2012

March 26th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
A STUDIO VISIT WITH DEANNA PETHERBRIDGE

March 22nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
JSVCPROJECTS & INTERNATIONAL DESIGN EXPEDITIONS

March 2nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
HELMUT FEDERLE IN NEW YORK

February 22nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
RICHARD MILAZZO OBSZINE #3
The Sadness of Bad Thinking

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February 15th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
RICHARD MILAZZO OBSZINE #3, ART, POETRY, AND THE PATHOS OF COMMUNICATION,
The Art of Impeachment

February 1st 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
WITH POET/CURATOR RICHARD MILAZZO
REVISITING OBSZINE #3

January 12th 2021

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
POETRY IN SEDITIOUS TIMES

January 5th 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND SOUVENIRS FROM 2020!

December 31st 2020

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
DECEMBER 31, 2020
JASON BUTLER'S EXHIBITION
Meyer Schapiro, “Theory and Philosophy of Art: Style, Artist and Society

December 18th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
LIOR GALL, BRUSSELS, 2020

December 11th 2020

HIGHLIGHT:
LOVE LETTERS
A new participative project by artist Koen Vanmechelen

December 4th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
LINDA KARSHAN AND THE BROOKLYN RAIL

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November 27th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
NOVEMBER 2020, LINDA KARSHAN
The Covid Conversation, A New Film

November 6th 2020

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
PARIS, NOV. 6, 2020
ABËTËI by Ishmael Fiifi Annobil

October 20th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MATHILDE BRETILLOT
Designs new offices for Parfums de Marly, Paris

October 12th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
BERLIN STUDIO VISIT - LUKAS HOFFMANN

October 7th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
BERLIN

September 24th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
GALERIE NÄCHST ST. STEPHAN ROSEMARIE SCHWARZWÄLDER, VIENNA
Friederike Mayröcker, Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist - until 10 Oct
Schutzgeister/Guardian Spirits

September 9th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
JSVCPROJECTS AND KOEN VANMECHELEN
The Battery Channel Podcast

September 1st 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ARTISTS IN THE STUDIO, JERSEY

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August 25th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MANIFEST OF THE TRUE

August 18th 2020

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
3 LOVE POEMS IN THE SUMMER

August 11th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
SUMMER NEWS

August 4th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ROD MENGHAM,
Awarded the Cholmondeley Award for Poets

July 28th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
JILL SILVERMAN VAN COENEGRACHTS RECOMMENDS

July 21st 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
LINDA KARSHAN
Studio visit

July 14th 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
STEFANO CIGADA,
"Frammenti" at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere

January 2nd 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

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September 9th 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES:
PER KIRKEBY,
"Brick Sculptures"

September 2nd 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IDE TO PUGLIA
"Ceramic & Food Route",
Recent Summer 2019 Highlights

August 26th 2019

JSVC HIGHLIGHTS:
ART & LANGUAGE, LONDON

June 17th 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES:
DRAW ART FAIR LONDON

April 22nd 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ART & LANGUAGE, EXHIBITION AT GALERIE MICHAEL JANSSEN, Berlin

March 4th 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES:
DR. SUSANNE A. KUDIELKA,
Private art collecting is a passion

July 25th 2018

BEHIND THE SCENES:
KOEN VANMECHELEN
“It’s About Time”

July 4th 2018

BEHIND THE SCENES:
DAYDREAMING WITH STANLEY KUBRICK,
Exhibition at Somerset House, London

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Jason Butler, Untitled, Oil on canvas, Diptych, 210 x 380 cm, 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ARTISTS IN THE STUDIO, JERSEY

September 1st 2020

Jason Butler, 2020, Jersey

Jason Butler Studio, New Paintings

Jason Butler, Untitled, 2020
Oil on canvas, Diptych, 210 x 380 cm

Part I

I have been visiting artist Jason Butler in his Jersey studio for three years now. Watching his work evolve from a practice that was prone to elements of figuration into now a redolent and lush abstraction that is very much his own language. At the end of confinement, he sent me photographs of four major new works that were completed during this time when he was in the studio working, or with his family. A concentrated few months produced a very concentrated body of work; how much the state of the world affected him, we won’t know for some time. But we do see the rich and coherent vision Butler puts across these works, three diptychs and one monumental triptych.

Until travel stopped in March, I was planning to make a studio visit last spring, and speak to a group of collectors about his work. The event was postponed and in large part this new group of works is waiting to make a debut out of the studio; I will keep you posted! As they have such a pronounced life of their own, it is hard to imagine a time when Jason was going through the very hard work to get to this level of clarity. Our studio visits and subsequent conversations, over lunch in London, at openings in Paris, were about the nature of painting, great painting, Rembrandt, Duccio, Monet, understanding what it takes to make a work alive on the canvas, find the tension, let it breathe in its own way. I wanted you to see a photograph of his studio table mid-July, as we are having a protracted conversation about small paintings.

Today we talked again; he is spending early mornings in the studio with a cup of coffee and two thick books on Renaissance Painting. We discuss Cimabue, Giotto, now Fra Angelico’s Annunciation; this capacity to create invisible tension between a winged Angel and Mary. Formal emptiness becomes a vortex for spirit and spatial clarity. Butler’s paintings speak in this same vein, colors compressed, movement suspended in time.

Jason Butler, Untitled, 2020
Oil on canvas, Triptych, 200 x 570 cm

Part II

One of the first things you notice in a studio full of paintings by Jason Butler is the fleeting nature of his complex abstract fields; his interest in a highly constructed world. For some time Butler has been selecting fragments of color which all suggest the same sense of meditative regard. We don’t know much about these shapes, clusters and veils that have somehow materialized together across a large surface. There is a quality of color and liquid pools, sanded surfaces, stratified onto a canvas from above, as if you are looking in puddles reflecting sky; at the same time you feel a velocity of forms pushing forward from deep space. The picture plane that interests Butler most is a compressed zone in-between. This is his sweet spot. These are a trope for something we can’t connect to, but sense directly. They are authentic in unsuspecting ways these intimate small patches, globs, smears, traces all vying for space.

Brush strokes, sanded patches of color on color, layer on layer create a surface tension that plays with historical painting concerns. Glazes reveal delicate fluid pours, pigment left to its own devices, built up surfaces are rough and tumble, hearty propositions. They are loud, demonstrative and tremendously present, appearing to be caught up by something we can’t fully observe; so we have to read non-body language in this mixed up abstraction – the turn of a striated episode melts into a background color and then jumps out again, pink on pink swishes as it swings into the foreground, moving slightly just out of the way of dark blue. Why the sudden side-step, the jumble of colors makes this clear.

Jason Butler, Untitled, 2020
Oil on canvas, Diptych, 210 x 380 cm
Jason Butler, Untitled, 2020
Oil on canvas, Diptych, 210 x 380 cm

Part III

Unsettling. Here abstract painting is used to define another locus and it both masks and covers any direct reference to a world outside the painting itself. The artist challenges us to define the subject more exactly. His masterful color field painting, this abstraction that drips and abuts one scratched pattern next to a pool of mauve or splotchy pale blue; Butler’s palette is both contemporary and somewhat out of time. He uses blacks and greys like a sculptor to create furrows and gullies in this imaginary world where we don’t quite know whether we are standing inside the fiction or outside.

There is a polarity at the core of this work and you ask yourself is he masking his desire to settle himself with his random subjects or is he a painter being torn away from his pleasure by scents that haunt him. Both are true. This current body of work includes areas of colors fused into overlapping pools, ochre yellow, kitchen pink, muted turquoise, blue black develop a speed and appetite for the eye. These works are strident and without hesitation create an agitated surface tension; masterful.

Looking at these works you ask yourself why paint in any other way? Here is the music, the deep play of tone and volume. Here is the virtuosity of an artist who has a physical hunger for paint that is unbound. If we simply study these paintings in spatial terms Butler pulls deep space abruptly into the foreground utterly confounding our sense of perspective. The foreground as a screen or curtain that is there between the viewer and the space behind — something is happening we are not clearly supposed to see. Where we bathe in his sense of secrecy and voyeurism as theatrical as any film we might imagine.

Jason Butler, Untitled, 2020
Oil on canvas, Diptych, 210 x 380 cm
Jason Butler, Studio view, Jersey, 2020

Part IV

Butler plays with the nature of privacy and inner reflection; we are given a glimpse of something emerging from the middle distance but it is not at all clear what we are meant to see or understand. Abstract fragments and gestures again — vestiges of what? The surface is so rich we try to see them as more than mere formal language could it be a memory, a torn piece of reality, a visual recollection – these slips of color, thick and thin hover in some other dimension between deep space, we now see opening out behind them. The veil we have been looking through is something he suspends in the foreground to build this tension. You might argue these works are more complex and emotional because of this distended spatial construction he works out so carefully.

Or you could argue that his bold authentic voice compresses these many layers, blotting out the notion of representation completely, whatever they are in the phantasmagoria of the artist’s unconscious. The power of a closed three-dimensional space in his paintings is palpable. We are not looking at romantic abstraction we are seeing the sheer power and will of fine painting where the content is caught in the gestures and placement of colors against line. It is in these paintings we see what a very unique painter Jason Butler can be, with the practice of surface texture and light that appears to be both reflecting from the works frontal planes at the same time passing from some space behind to infuse the clusters and shimmering fields with a splendid illuminated vibration.

Jason Butler, Studio view, Jersey, 2020
Jason Butler, Studio view, Jersey, 2020
Jason Butler, Untitled, 2020
Oil on canvas, Diptych, 210 x 380 cm, detail

All works and photographs by Jason Butler