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The Eyes,
Blindfold Drawing
03/25/17
Paint marking pen
6” x 7”

BLINDFOLD
Jack Butler

August 30 to September 23, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 8, 6 – 8pm
CLOSING PERFORMANCE: Saturday, September 23, 2 – 4pm

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Blindfold, an exhibition by artist Jack Butler.

Drawing blindfold at the service of grief:

Butler exhibits 150 small intimate drawings made to come to terms with his personal experience of grieving. As an unedited visual journal, the drawings are arranged by date in a continuous line throughout the gallery.

“I move the marking pen over a surface that I cannot see. I am drawing in a synaesthetic response to haptic impulses – speed, pressure, gestures, unfolding patterns, often words, sometimes symbols. These images, visible only to the mind’s eye, play across an imaginary space (a space that often feels much larger than the physical paper could possibly contain). I am clear about where marks should go in this not-visible picture.

What am I not doing? I am not recording what sight could see. I am not organizing the representation of space according to pictorial conventions. I am not making decisions in response to aesthetic judgements.

My attention is focused entirely on process. So I do not look at what I have “drawn” for several days, often a week, separating intention from outcome.

When I remove my blindfold, I see surprising pictures that speak directly to me about my experience of grieving, all-be-it in a foreign but strangely familiar pictorial language.

Haptic in the making, visual in the receiving, the two blindfold drawing phases remain entwined for me, learning, as we all eventually must learn, how to live with grief.”

- Jack Butler


Interdisciplinary artist Jack Butler’s works bridge between the visual pleasure of art and the rational demands of science. He has exhibited installations, video projections, computer animations and performance works internationally. His work is in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada. Butler has thirty years experience as a medical model builder and published researcher in human development.

In addition to his hybrid art/medicine research practice, Butler is a founding member of the Sanavik Cooperative, Baker Lake, Nunavut and has been working collaboratively with Inuit artists since 1969.

He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Banff Centre for the Arts, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and most recently, as adjunct faculty in the Healthcare Technology and Place (HCTP) program at the University of Toronto.


For more information, please contact:
Gallery Administrator
401 Richmond St West
Suite 115, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8
info@redheadgallery.org
http://www.redheadgallery.org
416 504 5654
Gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 12 - 5 pm

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