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Jonathan Butt and Mernet Larsen
3/19/2011- 4/24/2011


Opening Reception: Saturday March 19th, 7-10pm

In the narrowing chasm between rational and virtual architectures, the works of Jonathan Butt and Mernet Larsen provide a vertiginous perspective on the state of quotidian space. Made of wood, plaster, fabric, paint and modified furniture, Jonathan Butt’s sculptures struggle towards figurative self-realization while hosting the intersection of conflicting geometries. Atop plinths that resist the modernist norm, fenestrated surfaces define and erode amalgams of faintly recognizable shapes—imbuing the familiar relationship of sculpture and pedestal with vigor and unease. Rejecting a singular viewpoint, Mernet Larsen’s layered acrylic paintings comprehend vision as aggregate form. By relentlessly oscillating between the fulfillment and derailment of Cartesian expectation, Larsen depicts the institution as plural, subject to the liquidity of her representation. Both artists scrutinize the cognitive process of organizing space to reveal the chaos and discord from which it is built.


Press:

Top 10, 2011
Glasstire: Katie Geha

“Super Ls” Part II: Mernet Larsen and Jonathan Butt at Regina Rex
Raggedy Ann’s Foot: Elisabeth Condon

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Jonathan Butt
Sutton, Benjamin



Texts:

by Claudia Ryan

THE TIMING OF CRYSTALIZATION OF THE LUNAR MAGMA OCEAN IS CONSTRAINED BY THE OLDEST ZIRCON by Claudia Ryan

COOLANT SYSTEM by Alan Gilbert

ANYTHING EXCEPT CHARMING by Alan Gilbert


Installation view


Installation view


Installation view


Installation view


Installation view


Installation view


Installation view


Installation view


Mernet Larsen
Explanation, 2007, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 41" x 52"

Mernet Larsen
Couple, 2005, acrylic, tracing paper on canvas, 42" x 22"

Mernet Larsen
Mall Event, 2010, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 50"x55"

Mernet Larsen
Handshake, 2001, acrylic, tracing paper, oil on canvas, 69" x 36"

Jonathan Butt


Jonathan Butt


Jonathan Butt


Jonathan Butt


Jonathan Butt


Installation view


Installation view



Left: Jonathan Butt, Untitled, 2011, Wood, MDF, Hydrocal, yarn, paint, 60" x 21" x 21"
Right: Mernet Larsen, Faculty Meeting, 2008, Acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 58" x 40"