Friday, June 22, 2007

upcoming Ken Butler

Drawings 18x24"

166 N.12th St, between Bedford and Berry Sts., Williamsburg (917-301-6680, 917-301-0306).
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.Thu-Sun, 1pm - 6pm
Opening 7-9 Opening Saturday September 8th - October 14th

Ken Butler

Drawing and Driving

Ken Butler re-visits a childhood obsession with exotic racing car prototypes and model building and presents a 40ft. slot car track along with a stable of 1/32nd scale “hybrid” slot cars constructed from found objects.

In addition, a suite of detailed drawings elaborate this theme, along with other works that extend the artist’s ongoing exploration of sound and image installations.
Bicycles, pianos, projectors, musical chairs, racing cars, and
dinosaurs are subjected to transformation and re-construction.

In addition, the artist presents a sit-down race-driving simulator
(with steering wheel and pedals) utilizing a Playstation 2 and Gran
Turismo 4.*(We are looking for a hacker to crack this simulator so we can drive the faster cars
without going through all the tests.) Please contact me.

While in high school in Portland, Oregon, the artist won a
first-in-state award from The Fischer Body Company Craftsman’s Guild
for the design and construction of a sports car prototype, laboriously
carved from sugar pine. He had dreams of going to Europe to work with
high-end automobile design firms like Pininfarina, Bertone, Zagato, and
the like.

Widely popular in the 1960’s, 1/32nd scale home slot car racing
experienced an international revival in the late nineties, prompted
partially by Spanish modelers who produced highly-detailed die-cast
quality cars (Fly cars) for home tracks to compete with the dominant
brands at the time: the English company Scalextric (the originators in

the 50’s), the Spanish company Ninco, and the German Carrera, pushing

them all to higher standards of realism and performance. There are
currently over 25 manufacturers, predominately in Spain and England,
though many of the cars are fabricated in China. Prominent U.S.
companies in the 60’s for home tracks (in 1/32 scale) were
Eldon, Revell, and Monogram (recently revived).

Other scales of slot cars are HO (1/87th), 1/43rd (only recently), and

1/24th, the scale popular with the large commercial tracks. Several
companies now make cars at this scale for larger home tracks. A rare
vintage 1/32nd car from the 60’s in good shape can sell (on Ebay) for

up to $900. and a 1/24th vintage slot car (especially with a hand-made

brass frame) can be worth up to $2,500. There are around 2,000 1/32nd
scale cars and accessories available on Ebay, about 200% more than in
the late nineties.

Slot Car Links

Slot Car Blog: the best online reference for updates on slot cars and
auto racing, with a long list of other blogs, resources, and
manufacturer’s links.

Selected Online Resources:

Slot Car World:

Fantasy World:

Electric Dreams:

Ebay 1/32 modern slot cars:

Ebay 1/32 vintage slot cars:

Ken Butler
427 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
PHONE / FAX (718) 782-4383
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