Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to present ‘I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant', an exhibition of new works by Alan Butler. Butler is an artist who makes works by ‘remixing’ or amalgamating a multitude of different materials, most of which have been sourced online through websites such as Ebay, Twitter, Wikileaks, Youtube and Wikipedia.
The exhibition features a selection of new works including video remixing of appropriated third party materials, drawing, sculptural and installation works. The work engages with the crossover between political, philosophical and social ideologies and their global mediation, distribution and transmission. The title, itself an appropriated sentence (attributed to U.S. State Department spokesman Robert McCloskey at one of his regular noon briefings during the worst days of the Vietnam War), perhaps best describes the artist's use of visual and conceptual language, manipulating it through networks of signs and cultural artefacts.
Butler uses materials which ‘have symbiotic relationships with our ever disembodied existences – a reality where the truth itself, if there ever was any to begin with, has been hijacked by the inclusive internal logic of capitalism. Everything we consume has already been processed for us, our reactions already predicted and exploited.’ Black vinyl, a non-biodegradable substance made from the global economy’s lifeblood – oil, forms a predominant material in the exhibition, and other materials such as shredded American bank notes and plastic boxes that spew out Buddhist prayer chants simultaneously form the subject and the object of the work. Fine art paintings have been commissioned from Chinese painting factories and snippets of mainstream entertainment are appropriated then remixed and distorted to transmit new absurd and unsettling scenarios.
Butler sees these works as ‘art-cum-cultural-debris’. Expect maniacal processes, bright colours, conceptual feedback loops, the outsourcing of labour, ambiguous political/philosophical commentary and noise.
Alan Butler was born in Dublin, in 1981. Since completing his BA of Fine Art (specialising in new media) in NCAD in 2004, he has complimented his prolific studio practice with selection of curatorial, art-community and art management projects. Some of these include work for the Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Art Fair ’08, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Blackletter.ie (Irish online art-community) and the Dublin Arts and Technology Association (DATA).
Since his MAFA at LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2008-09) Butler’s art work has featured in projects and exhibitions at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore, Hatje Cantz Con prefazione di Angela Vettese, Venice and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris . Most recently, he exhibited a solo presentation at Cake Contemporary Arts, Kildare, and a collaborative exhibition at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. He is also working towards a forthcoming solo exhibition at 126, Galway.
He currently occupies a project studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Further information is available at http://www.alanbutler.info
Exhibition22 October - 27 November 2010
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5-9 Temple Bar Dublin 2
The exhibition will be officially launched on Thursday 21 October, 6-8pm