BEN BUTLER AT FOOTHILLS ART CENTER

GOLDEN, COLORADO – Foothills Art Center proudly presents Variations on Growth: Ben Butler. The exhibition kicks off with a member-only preview on Thursday, May 11, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibit opens to the public on May 12th and will be on view through June 25th. With a discussion with the artist on Friday, May 12th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Variations on Growth: Ben Butler is generously sponsored by Linda and Terry Stevinson.

Ben Butler received his Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Sculpture, and his BA from Bowdin College in Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited in solo shows in New York at Coleman Burke Gallery and Plane Space, as well as Zg Gallery in Chicago among other galleries across the United States.  He is the recipient of a Pollock- Kranser Foundation Individual Artist Grant and numerous fellowships and residencies.

 “To answer the question ‘what do I make?’ is to have a vision, to externalize, and to create a doctrine…My objects simple reveal themselves much more readily than most, and therefore hope to teach us something about looking.”

Ben Butler is a prolific artist, with a unique organic style. Largely process driven, he and his assistants work fluidly as they allow the procedure of cutting wood and foam into organic shapes and molds to inform the final product. The outcome is surprising and awesome in both scale and intricacy. He constructs massive installations from wood, foam and concrete. This show displays a wide variety of his work including outdoor installations, extremely large room-sized unique constructions and some new pieces never before seen.

Visit www.foothillsartcenter.org to learn how to become a Foothills member and to find more information upcoming exhibits and programs.

Located in historic downtown Golden, Foothills Art Center leads and inspires the community through art, education, and cultural excellence with engaging exhibitions and dynamic arts programming for learners of all ages.

Foothills Art Center was founded in 1968 and is an official member of the United States National Registry of Historic Buildings. The center is housed in an 1872 Gothic style church, an 1892 Queen Anne style manse and a Victorian-era mansion built in 1899 – all surrounded by a sculpture garden at 809 15th Street in downtown Golden, Colorado.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sundays: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. To learn more visit www.foothillsartcenter.org, or call us at 303-279-3922.

 

Contact – Hassan Najjar, Executive Director 303.279.3922, hassan@foothillsartcenter.org

  Ben Butler, Specimens, dimensions variable (largest - 38" x 56" x 44"), cedar, 2013

 

Ben Butler, Specimens, dimensions variable (largest - 38" x 56" x 44"), cedar, 2013

  Ben Butler, Elegy to the Disappearance of Objects, Installation

 

Ben Butler, Elegy to the Disappearance of Objects, Installation