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Keep it Together

© Kyle Butler

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© Kyle Butler

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kyle Butler

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Kyle Butler

American, born 1985

Keep it Together, 2009

spray paint, pencil, and wood stain on panel

support: 23 1/2 x 41 7/8 inches (59.69 x 106.36 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange and Gift of Miss Margaret Mitchell, by exchange, 2011

2011:2

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Inscriptions

signature, undated / back / [artist's signature]

Provenance

the artist, Buffalo;
January 25, 2011, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Kyle Butler draws influence from the structures and systems of architecture and urban planning. He explores the contrast between destruction and renewal through a combination of mediums. The abandoned houses, rubbish piles, topographical maps, and dilapidated buildings that populate his work serve as visual metaphors for the precarious relationship between control and uncertainty. The artist’s interest in the blighted urban environment is partly biographical; Butler lived for a time in Detroit, Michigan, and is now based in Buffalo. The postindustrial landscapes of both cities suggest ideas of both despair and rebirth. Butler often sources his material from Google Maps, extracting screenshots from regions where neglect has overcome the cityscape. In Keep it Together, the artist meticulously spraypainted and drew his imagery on birch and poplar, which takes the place of canvas or paper. This approach constructs a seemingly three-dimensional effect.

Label from Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, July 8–October 15, 2017

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