New assemblage works by Ken Butler
September 10 – October 9, 2011 opening reception Sat. September 10, 6-9 pm
Sideshow Gallery presents “Vibrating Body”, an exhibition of diverse assemblage works on panel by artist-musician Ken Butler. Echoing his hybrid instruments and collages, these new works further abstract and transform the human-figure-instrument-body iconography he is known for and push it further into the realm of mechanical bio-structure and cybernetics, implying a sacred altar-like space and referencing the cycle of deformation and re-formation.
Constructed primarily from consumer detritus, social discards, and vernacular urban flotsam and jetsam, these works become inter-woven cyphers of the new resonant technological “body” of modern existence, with it’s ever-complex “control systems” to regulate desire, at times referencing traumatic memories and turbulent meanings.
Sideshow Gallery 319 Bedford Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn http://www.sideshowgallery.
"Red Track Record", assemblage, 60"x 40" x 3", 2011
Characterized by his obsessive desire to re-order the world around him, Butler’s multi-disciplinary creations can be difficult to describe as they bridge visual art, design, performance, and life itself in unusual ways. Ever the urban bricoleur, the artist is a resourceful problem-solver committed to exploring and re-configuring our relationships to the objects around us.