Paul Butler: Words Fall Short


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Lisa Kehler Art + Projects is delighted to announce the opening of our gallery with an artist whose name is synonymous with Winnipeg. For the first time in over a decade, Paul Butler will mount a solo exhibition of new work in his hometown. Words Fall Short will run from June 6 - July 4.

In Words Fall Short, Paul Butler has created a new visual lexicon using the experimental spirit of jazz, more specifically the aesthetic boundaries of classic jazz album covers. From this series evolved a freer application of the spirit by allowing himself to work with a wider range of source material. Divided into two parts, Words Fall Short includes 14 collages: 9 dedicated to jazz imagery, and 5 inspired more conceptually.

The inspiration for this new collage series was born from a quote in a documentary series on Jazz:

 “When we talk about music, the reason we use terms that sound vague is not because there is anything vague about music, but because music expresses human experience so specifically - in such specific ways - that when you attempt to find language to describe that, the words fall short. What’s falling short in that equation is language - not the music. Music expressed things about human experience that cannot not be expressed any other way  - that’s why it’s so important." (Matt Glaser)

Butler believes the same can be said about art. "This is why I was drawn to art in the beginning. I wanted to say things that couldn't be expressed through words. With this exhibition, I'm trying to get back to the innocence I had before I became a 'professional' artist." 

Butler continues, “Whenever I find myself experiencing an artistic block, I often turn to music as a parallel art form to help me navigate my way through it. For me, the Jazz movement represents the ultimate creative freedom, a relentless pursuit of creativity, dedication to experimentation and commitment to pushing the definition of the art form”.

Considered multi-disciplinary, Paul Butler’s practice has spanned over two decades and is focused around community, collaboration and artist-run activity. Butler’s projects include: The Collage Party – touring studio made open to the public; directing The Other Gallery – a nomadic commercial gallery; leading Reverse Pedagogy - an experimental residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts; and staging Post-Post Graduate Studies while serving as the inaugural artist-in-residence at The Art Gallery of Ontario. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; White Columns, New York City; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland; La Maison Rouge, Paris.  He has contributed writings to the book Decentre: Concerning Artist-run Culture and to Border Crossings and Canadian Art

Interview

Review: Winnipeg Free Press