July 30th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

July 26th 2021

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

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

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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

June 14th 2021

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

June 4th 2021

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

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

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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

April 11th 2021

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

April 9th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ, WEFRAC 2021

February 22nd 2021

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

February 15th 2021

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

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Jason Butler, “Right Here”, 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IN THE ARTIST’S STUDIO
JASON BUTLER “THE COLLAGES”
Pop-Up Exhibition, Jersey

July 12th 2021

Jason Butler, “Take it There”, 2020-2021, Gouache and collage on paper, 26 x 20 cm (unframed), 42 x 37 cm (framed)

PART I

For the past year, Jason Butler ‘s large abstract paintings have evolved beyond the array of colours and forms we have come to know as his language. Following an exhibition last year of expansive field paintings, sometimes as single works, other times as two- or three-parts panels, he began to reflect as only a serious artist can. What are the organising tenets of these works? How do the amassed collective body of colour and form hang together; where does their surface tension come from?

Jason Butler, “Singing in the Rain”, 2020-2021, Gouache and collage on paper, 26 x 20 cm (unframed), 42 x 37 cm (framed)

As part of this deeper reflection, he began last winter to make gouache and collage on paper, playing with these very forms and colours intuitively in a reduced scale, on a unified format that suddenly acted like a lens closing after shooting only in wide angle for a period of time. This combination of free-thinking analytics about the building blocks of his large scale works with the capacity to make many sequential works, like individual frames of a moving film ¾ suddenly generated a manifest group of works, of uniform small size, which can be read as a sequence that suddenly illuminates his highly distinctive method.

Studio’view, Jersey,
On the wall: “Untitled”, Triptych, Oil on linen, 1,57 cm x 2 meters each
Studio’view

These collages appear then like an alphabet or a typology, or the variations available with a collection of Lego, or building blocks where a myriad of solutions can be found by simply moving and rejigging the visual accumulation of these torn parts. Before you know it, there are rows and rows of these collages and suddenly the logic and inner composition of Butler’s large-scale works seems clear in a new way. As if the skin of the fish has been removed to reveal the intricate meaty flesh with its elegant bones.

Jason Butler, “Collage No. 16”, 2019-2021, Gouache and collage on paper, 26 x 20 cm (unframed), 42 x 37 cm (framed)
Jason Butler, “Collage No. 20”, 2019-2021, Gouache and collage on paper, 26 x 20 cm (unframed), 42 x 37 cm (framed)

PART II

In this now expanded sequence of small works, each the same size as its neighbour, we see something else very musical in the evolution of what might have been just an exploratory exercise but in its being likened to a sketch book with accumulated uneven shapes and colours, it has emerged as a kind of dictionary of his content driven abstraction. The vernacular here is particularly his; we can clearly read it. These collages are engaging, sometimes comic, sometimes merry, each has a purposeful quality that comes when a very good creative force is present, approaching a serious concern with levity and open-handed candour.

Jason Butler, “Collage No. 2”, 2019-2021, Gouache and collage on paper, 26 x 20 cm (unframed), 42 x 37 cm (framed)

When I first visited this studio overlooking the port of Jersey, he was painting in a way that presented figures tucked into the ground as if they were part of a picture that was both enigmatic and incomplete. It felt as if they were passing through in a rather fleeting tempo that couldn’t hold the eye; while the progression of planes he settled around them vibrated with meticulous calm. No matter how I tried, these works never settled before my eyes, but felt like a passage to something firmer and stronger. 

Jason Butler, “Collage No. 3”, 2019-2021, Gouache and collage on paper, 26 x 20 cm (unframed), 42 x 37 cm (framed)

In these years of pandemic, the paintings have solidified into coherent and discrete territory that reveals a new way of thinking about abstraction. This territory is as fresh as it is vibrant; surprising the viewer with its eclectic and personal approach to building the surface of a painting. The collages by contrast offer a short hand for Butler’s process and open the door to how he sees the inner world of these larger luxurious paintings. Having them splayed out on the wall is a wonderful feast, a banquet in fact. The eye is hungry for such moments of playful diversion especially in this time. This is his summer gift to us all.

Jason Butler, “Collage No. 5”, 2019-2021, Gouache and collage on paper, 26 x 20 cm (unframed), 42 x 37 cm (framed)