Kent Anderson Butler: Recent Works
September 3 to October 9, 2009
Opening reception with the artist: Thursday, September 3, 2009 • 5:00 – 7:00pm
The Art Gallery • Arts Complex • Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Art Gallery is proud to announce its first exhibition of the season, a solo exhibition of recent works from Los Angeles based artist Kent Anderson Butler. The exhibition opens with the artist on Thursday, September 3rd at 5:00pm in the Art Gallery located within FGCU’s Arts Complex. Butler works in a variety of mediums including video installation, performance and photography. The exhibition at FGCU’s Art Gallery features four videos Hallowed Pondering, Virginal Wound, Offering, and Divine Breath and a video installation of the performance piece Submergence. About his work, Anderson Butler states, “The religious philosopher Teilhard de Chardin once wrote, ‘Instead of regarding ourselves as human beings struggling to have some kind of spiritual experience, perhaps, we would consider the possibility that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. And the human experience, as we know, for better or worse, is lived in the body.’ Within my body I experience physical, mental and spiritual phenomena such as pain, pleasure, struggle, redemption, and restoration. In my body I will experience life, death, and, I believe, transcendence.”
He has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country including, Art Center College of Design, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, Fringe Exhibitions – Los Angeles, Orange County Museum of Art, Cave Gallery- Brooklyn, NY, Track 16 Gallery- Santa Monica, and Hunter College, NY. His video work is also in the video art libraries at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles.
In addition to showing regularly in exhibitions, Anderson Butler is also currently a professor of photography and New Genre Art at Azusa Pacific University, where he explores the intersections of spirituality and contemporary art.
For images and further information on this exhibition and others, please visit the Art Gallery’s website: artgallery.fgcu.edu or call Interim Director, Anica Sturdivant, at 239-590-7199. For Kent Anderson Butler’s website, please visit http://kentandersonbutler.com.