9. April 2012 16:12
This Saturday, April 14th at noon, Zhou B. Art Center invites you to the closing reception of About Face, a solo exhibition of British painter and printmaker, Corinna Button, curated by Sergio Gomez. The remarkable show, illustrates Button’s excavation of beauty and female performance, presenting for the first time ever, separate points of view: masqueraded reality and idol.
Referencing the work of her predecessors, such as Picasso, Munch, and Nolde, Button calls these painted works, her “giants” as they are literally huge works of art spanning from nearly six feet wide to ten feet tall. These layered figures are not only giant in their size however. They are also colossal in their presence, as every character reveals a different narrative and persona, creating a magnificent allure and aura. Their stories branch from Button’s thesis that “groupings of girls and women in threes provide a window into the intimate thoughts and secrets that shape the narrative of ulterior sentiment.” Each painting provokes you to unveil the several complex layers surrounding the conversation about beauty and examine a deeper dialogue that includes human perception.
The labor that is put into these paintings is also quite remarkable. Much like an archaeologist would, Button identifies her work to be about “digging and excavating” as she continues to build upon material and content, scraping and peeling back surfaces, she moreover reveals bit and pieces on the canvas and through the manifested image as well.
You can learn more about Corinna's process at: http://www.corinnabutton.com/ She frequently updates her blog with works in progress and upcoming events.
Zhou B Art Center
1029 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609