Mon, Jul 3, 2017 10:00AM EDT - Fri, Jul 21, 2017 12:30PM EDT
BLAST, 2017. Nail polish on Catalogue, 6.5W x 9"H. Value $3,300. Gift of the artist. Courtesy Tibor De Nagy Gallery, New York.
Kathy Butterly, b. 1963, Amityville, New York, thinks of herself as a painter "who happens to work with clay, three-dimensionally." She is known for abstract ceramic vessels ranging in size from small to nearly five feet tall, whose twisting forms with pinched openings resemble "shrunken hybrids of alien life forms and domestic objects from which something is oozing, leaking, or dipping," as described by critic John Yau. Evoking the crumpled ceramics of George Ohr, these playful sculptures begin as symmetrical cups or vases, which she prods into a unique biomorphic shapes. Butterly considers that her pieces express how she, a downtown New Yorker, felt after September 11th while others engage the quotidian, inspired by baking, flea markets, cartoon and horror film effects, and the like. Her painting/drawings overlay photographs of her ceramic works and is a particularly regal example. The artist suggests that this work be framed under UV glass to protect the paper with a wide matt with piece floated inside a beveled edge. To learn more about this artist please visit cfileonline.org.