The Contemporary Painting & Sculpture Department is delighted to present its premier exhibition of contemporary artist, Ben Butler.
Butler's distinct philosophy of building structure gradually, one unit at a time with successively minor adaptions, yields organic forms that convincingly mimic those found in nature. An acute exploration of what distinguishes man-made structures and objects from all others has for Butler revealed a paradox that describes the natural world - a world where simple and strict systems generate remarkably complex and unpredictable forms.
Ink drawings, in his Invention series, begin with one single cross-hatch unit. Slowly and precisely Butler builds cell on top of cell, minutely expanding, contracting and sequentially morphing each new unit, until the final cumulative form emerges - a wondrous and delicately abstract, grid-like topography.
Specimens, a series of sculptural forms constructed from cedar shingles, is also the product of Butler's strategy of maintaining a narrow framework. The forms grow in an accumulation of sequentially shifting layers with a gentle rotation, a modification in scale, et cetera. With no plan or blueprint dictating this progression, each part is shaped only in response to the previous part. Minor adjustments are made in the initial variables of the process each time a new sculpture is begun. So while the forms together suggest a family of closely related organisms, each represents the unpredicted result of a unique experiment.
Davidson Galleries is pleased to present the third solo exhibition of Seattle-area artist Eunice Kim. New Collagraph Monoprints will showcase most recent works from the artist's ongoing Tessellation series, exploring patterns and relationships, theme and variation, intersection of structure and chance, and the interplay between individual and collective.
In October Davidson Galleries' antique department is pleased to present works by well-known 20th century American printmakers including Grant Wood, John Steuart Curry, Winslow Homer, Thomas Hart Benton,and John Sloan. This collection will be supplemented by a special consignment of works by John De Martelly, Arthur B. Davies, Lewis Lozowick, George Bellows, and Lynd Ward.