A conversation with Sharon Butler, Allison Manch and Robert Yoder on the occasion of two exhibitions: Squeeze Hard (Hold That Thought) work by Sharon Butler and Allison Manch at SEASON (through June 30, 2012) and Robert Yoder: DILF! at Platform Gallery (through June 16, 2012). Both galleries are located in Seattle, Washington.
Of the works at SEASON, Butler comments: "The primary attribute uniting our work is that we both craft carefully made objects that, in terms of their physical objectness, exude an aggressive nonchalance. Yes, at first glance, our work looks similar, but hanging it side-by-side also makes the differences more obvious. Where my paintings embody a Minimalist's ennui, Allison's embroideries manifest the raging torment of a jilted lover - a more Neo-Expressionist approach than Minimalist despite her spare use of materials. I'm energized seeing these paintings installed with Allison’s embroideries - it's like finding a treasure chest of new approaches and ideas."