February 2017 Art Exhibit – Bradford Butler and Marie Van Elder
Bradford Butler works in the Los Angeles area as a fine art painter and sculptor. Born and raised in the Bay Area he recently graduated from California College of the Arts with a BFA and focus in ceramics. His production has recently engaged in painting. Bradford now resides in Los Angeles since September 2015 to pursue his art practice. www.bradfordbutler.com
Bradford Butler’s paintings exist in the ambiguity of representational and abstract images. In a world that is flooded with over produced advertisements, commercials, and consumerism, paintings require the patient arrest of our attention. This series of paintings are heavily influenced by the work of Cy Twombly. Instead of using text from classical literature, mythology, and music like Twombly used, the words Bradford chooses are from popular culture, such as from Frank Oceans new album “Blond”, Chance the Rapper’s album “Coloring Books”, Bob Dylan’s “John Wesley Harding”, and from writer Samuel Beckett, from current news, social media, and from moments and words that he finds significant. Bradford’s paintings juxtapose the seductiveness of popular culture with the unpredictability of nature. The red orbs are an analogy for the chaotic destruction that exists within the blessing of life. These paintings are about the human experience. They are about the dialectic in every moment we experience. There is perversity in the beautiful. Bradford Butler currently works in Los Angeles.
Exhibitions/ Artistic Achievements
Artslant Prize Award 2015 Round 2 and 3 Winner
Artslant Prize Award 2015 2nd Place Round 1 Winner
Downtown LA Art Holiday Show, December 2014
‘Double Bogey’, Solo Show, Bank of Marin, Mill Valley, September 2014 Baccalaureate Exhibition, California College of the Arts, Group Show, May 2014 California Conference for the Advancement in Ceramic Art, Group Show, CCA Gallery, 2014
Students of Franklin Williams, Group Show, CCA San Francisco Gallery, April 2014 Everything Is For Sale, Solo Show, College Ave. Galleries, April 2014
AICAD Residency, California College of the Arts New York Program, June 2013 Strawberry Milk presents ‘The Apostles’, Group Show, 2013
The New York Show, Group Show, 2013
California Conference for the Advancement in Ceramic Art, CCA Gallery, 2013
Merritt Scholarship toward California College of the Arts
MARIE VAN ELDER
Van Elder’s work has been exhibited in California (San Jose ICA, SF MOMA Artists Gallery, Oakland Art Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Marin MOCA, Headlands CFA, etc…), New York, Utah, and Tokyo. She was recently included in the national exhibition RTBF/Canvas, La Collection at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit magazine.
She currently lives and works between Northern California and Brussels. www.marievanelder.net
In Van Elder’ work, fairy tales, old masters painting, girlhood memories, domestic elements and teen culture are collaged together to create a intimate yet oddly theatrical (often dark) one page narrative.
Tweenies- heroines are comically involved in games, chores, little rituals and rites of passage, role-playing or simply awkwardly stand there in all their self-aware angst, absorbing life ambiguities.