PLYMOUTH — The Department of Art at Plymouth State University will host two exhibitions by visiting artist Kent Anderson Butler in October and November.
Butler will present a video work, The Raft is Not the Shore, in the Shoebox Gallery in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery through November 6. Drerup Gallery is in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth. An artist's talk is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. November 4 in Draper and Maynard Room 314.
Butler will also present a student-curated exhibition of photographs in the Collins Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building from November 20–30.
Tyler Stallings wrote in "Artbound" for KCET television, Los Angeles, that Butler's video works from 2002 to 2012 "embody a profound commitment to art and its intentionally ambiguous delivery as a valid path for insightful discoveries about the human condition." Butler commented in the same interview, "I do enjoy allowing the work to create uneasiness or tension. I find it extremely humorous in some cases, but when I do that I'm also trying to allow the viewer to feel something that I'm feeling."
Butler graduated from California State University Fullerton in 1998 with a master's degree in fine arts. As a graduate student, he made live performance work predominantly, and then slowly moved into video. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. The Kellogg University Art Gallery at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona presented a diverse exhibition in 2012 that featured ten years of work by Butler. The exhibition, Embodied, was a selection of video works, still documentation and photography the artist used to explore his own body through mental and spiritual phenomena such as pain, pleasure, struggle, redemption and restoration.
Butler is professor of art at Azusa Pacific University where he teaches all levels of photography courses and new genre art forms in the undergraduate program and graduate course in the MFA program.
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