In this series of sculptures by Stephen Butler we are presented with an editorialized
vision of the world. The selection of materials; foam, wire, rubber, wood and
plaster, puts forward a very personal opinion about the way we live, a reflection
on the human form as well as on the human condition.
Butler believes that the interpretation of the human form is as close as we can come to the sacred experience. The sculptures become the purest representation of his desire to express this notion - the endless multitude of shapes take on the plurality, the endless possibility and the sheer magnitude of what it means to be human.
Butler mimics and twists the historical - giving the work a simultaneous sense of the
familiar and the strange, the organic and the manufactured, the tragic and the cartoonish. His forms appear at times bound, as if enslaved, and then at other times held together as if by the very fabric of their being. Seen collectively they create a humanistic vision of twenty first century relics presented before Time itself has held them to account.
Stephen Butler is a South African artist who lives and works in London.
This is his first London solo show.
Public House Projects,
62 Gowlett Road (above the Gowlett Arms), London SE15 4HY.
Wednesday - Sunday 12:00 - 6:00pm or by appointment.
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