Patrick Neal reviews an exhibition of recent paintings by Sharon Butler at Theodore:Art, Bushwick, Brooklyn, on view through February 14, 2016.
Neal writes: "Butler has ... been a practitioner and proponent of a style of painting she dubbed 'The New Casualism,' which she characterizes as 'the rising inclination of artists to explore the metaphorical implications of failure, imperfection and imbalance—the artistic significance of the off-kilter and the not quite right.' Butler’s new body of work, on view at Theodore:Art in Bushwick, might then surprise visitors, who enter the gallery and find it filled with mostly compact, sturdy, and resolved paintings. Taking in the richly evocative color and touch of the individual works, a viewer can scan the room, noting and cross-referencing how marks and visual elements are reimagined in different compositions... The colors and spaces she depicts come across as on-the-spot observations of places or things, or memories and inventions that appear to evolve, the paintings recording change."