Paul Butler's collage work centers around idealized images depicted in typical glossy magazine spreads. Using the language of subtraction or effacement, Butler masks out text or figures using layers of tape and torn paper to create a hybrid between abstraction, portraiture and editorial design. For "Everybody," Butler introduces a new series of text-based works that focus on the isolation of single words found in books and magazines pages. Floating on sheets of negative space, these solitary words create a quiet disjointed narrative, an attempt towards a meditative gesture.
Paul Butler is a Winnipeg based artist known for his traveling "Collage Party!" exhibitions. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art has recently published a catalog archiving these exhibitions. Butler has also exhibited at White Columns in NY, Zieher Smith NY, MOCA Geffen LA in association with Outpost for Contemporary Art as well as MOCA Grand Ave. and the Power Plant, Toronto. Butler is also the director of Winnipeg's Other Gallery, which represents the work of a newly emerging generation of Canadian artists; guest curator of Plug IN ICA's Overlooked Space; and the founder of theUpperTradingPost.com, a non-profit, invitational forum for artists' trading.