Talking: A Lover's Discourse
JANUARY 2- JANUARY 26, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Jan 5, 2 - 5p.m.
The Red Head Gallery presents an exhibition by Jack Butler, including the installations Fatemaps, Heaven's Husband and drawings in the series Talking - A Lover's Discourse. Butler presents, not erotica exactly, but certainly a form of sexual graphesis, a "putting into discourse of sexuality."
The exhibit is an exegesis on the meaning of the body in terms of sexuality. Butler problematizes sexuality: the work GenitalEmbryogenesis,
which is an animation showing how male and female genitalia develop in
the human embryo, establishes the theme of differentiation within the
context of scientific study. The installations Heaven's Husband and Fatemap: Do you want to know what will happen?
then bring the body to visual discourse, portraying the body as part of
an interpretive narrative. Butler says of this work, "my purpose is to
offer more accurate social and aesthetic discriminations and adequate
frames when conceptualizing and representing the process of sexual
differentiation..." Please note, this exhibition contains explicit sexual content.
Butler's hybrid practice uses the means and methods of visual art to
produce research in two domains - medical science (embryogenesis primary
research), and collaborations with Inuit artists (the current project,
Art & Cold Cash). With degrees in visual art and philosophy, Butler
exhibits internationally with work in public and private collections
including the National Gallery of Canada.
ALSO featuring Jack Butler's work:
Concurrently, Hamilton Artists Inc. presents the exhibition StoryBones: Selected Works by Jack Butler. This collection of works, ranging from 1969-2012, is the first major overview of Butler’s practice. Hamilton Artists Inc. is located at 155 James St N in the Arts District of Hamilton, ON. gallery hours: Wed-Fri 12-5 Sat & Sun 12-4 theinc.ca