• Unbounded

    10' x 36' x 40'  |  2015

  • Elegy to the Disappearance of Objects

    poplar, polystyrene, paint
    19' x 30' x 45'  |  2015

  • Cloud Morphology I

    concrete, douglas fir, pine
    52" x 99" x 37"  |  2014

  • Scholars' Rock

    pine, cedar
    29" x 37" x 19"  |  2014

  • Cloud Morphology III

    cast hydro-stone, graphite
    24" x 17" x 19"  |  2014

  • Specimens

    41" x 110" x 125"  |  2013

  • Furrow

    44" x 74" x 7"  |  2009

  • Invention #53

    ink on paper
    50" x 38"   |  2010

  • Invention #68

    ink on paper
    16" x 22"  |  2013

BEN BUTLER John Davis Gallery Website CV

Memphis, TN | Sculpture, Drawing

Ben Butler received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from Bowdoin College. Solo exhibitions of his work have appeared in New York at Coleman Burke Gallery and Plane Space, as well as at Zg Gallery in Chicago, John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, and Rice Gallery in Houston, among others. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Individual Artist Grant and numerous fellowships at residency programs including the MacDowell Colony, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Ucross Foundation.

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My sculptures reflect the sensibility that an object stands as a momentary physical manifestation of an ongoing process. They provide evidence of unseen forces, and they point to the distinction between the human and the non-human. Throughout the natural world, unexpected complexity emerges from simple, persistent processes. When the order of things is not readily apparent, complexity is often mistaken for chaos. In the rush to comprehend we miss the wonderful sources of things. My response is to play on the boundaries between the simple and the complex, and between the complex and the overwhelming.

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