Tomio Koyama

Benjamin Butler

31 Mar - 21 Apr 2007

© Benjamin Butler
Untitled (Leafless Tree)
oil on canvas
(C) 2007 Benjamin Butler
"Leafless Trees and Sakura"

The Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present Leafless Trees and Sakura, by the painter Benjamin Butler, which will run from March 31th to April 21th.

Benjamin Butler was born in Kansas, in 1975. After graduated Emporia State University, Kansas in 1997, he received a Masters degree in Fine Art from The School of Art Institute Chicago in 2000. Now he is based in New York. This exhibition marks his second exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery in four years, while he keeps on having solo shows in several cities around the world, such as New York, Los Angels, Toronto, Vienna, Basel and Berlin. He has also participated in various group exhibitions --- recent group show was "Greater New York", held at P.S.1. in New York, in 2005.

Benjamin's works commonly features landscapes with some contemporary meaning . The way he paints sometimes looks conspicuously like that of abstract art, though he chooses the nature as his main motif. The paintings represent the imagined scenery --- at the same time, the composition operated as decorative geometrical pattern gives viewers calm, meditative time.

His recent works with the trees are filled with more abstract elements. The rhythmical repeat of the line and color field covers all surface of tableau. We can even find the history of abstract expressionism, starting from the rhythm of horizontal and vertical by Piet Mondrian, moving to enthusiasm for "all over" by Color Field painters, and finally more restricted shape by Frank Stella. Meanwhile, the pale color is sometimes like psychedelia, and the flat, plain stroke reminds us of the present progressive New Painting like Alex Katz.

Tracing the boundary between abstract and narrative, Benjamin still works upon our feelings and memories. The installation is also unique --- this time new works, six paintings and dimensional installation will be displayed. You can see the Sakura (cherry blossom) tree painting on far wall, with pale fuchsia mass as full bloom cherry blanches, and the blue-backed decorative trees ones surrounding Sakura like a mysterious labyrinth. The small cut canvases are scattered like the flower petals on the stage. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to take petals home with them. We hope that you will enjoy this opportunity to see Benjamin Butler's latest enchantment.

Tomio Koyama Gallery
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Tags: Benjamin Butler, Alex Katz, Piet Mondrian, Frank Stella