ANDREA BÜTTNER, WALKER ART CENTER MINNEAPOLIS
Andrea Büttner Walker Art Center, Minneapolis / November 21, 2015 through May 15, 2016.
The Walker Art Center presents Andrea Büttner, the German artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States on view in the Burnet Gallery from November 21, 2015 through April 10, 2016.
Andrea Büttner is complemented by a separate presentation of Piano Destructions (2014), the artist’s multi-channel video installation on view in the Medtronic Gallery November 21, 2015 through May 15, 2016.
Throughout her work, Andrea Büttner (b. 1972) consistently embraces a range of printmaking and print techniques, from woodcut and screenprints to offset printing and a recent foray into etching, including a new series made expressly for the exhibition. By deploying reverse glass painting, sculpture, collage, the moving image, photography, textile, and including other artist’s work in her exhibitions, Büttner traverses mediums, materials, and social subjects. Andrea Büttner’s practice intertwines art historical concepts with social and political issues, often exploring such unfashionable connections as the relationship between art and religion, deviance and ethics, or shame and visual expression.
“The Walker is delighted to present the first solo presentation of Andrea Büttner in
the United States,” said Fionn Meade, the Walker’s Artistic Director and exhibition curator. “We are thrilled to introduce this multifaceted artist to our audiences through the exhibition and a newly commissioned installation that captures the interwoven nature of her work. »
Presenting existing work alongside newly commissioned work, Andrea Büttner includes a pivotal series of eleven large off-set prints culled from her visual exploration of German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s 1790 text Critique of the Power of Judgment (published last year by Felix Meiner Verlag and Museum Ludwig, Cologne). This presentation of “Kant’s pictures” features composite digital illustrations, mixing historical images the philosopher may have had in mind while writing his treatise, with contemporary image constellations configured by the artist as reader, interpreter, and questioner.
The installation also features a range of new works, including a living moss sculpture, handcrafted piano benches, large-scale woodcuts, and etchings that capture and transpose the smear and blur of fingerprints left on cell phone screens. Creating connections between art history, ethics, and the vulnerability of the human body, Andrea Büttner explores and challenges the belief systems that underpin such foundational notions as poverty, shame, and value. Through deploying a wide range of pre-modernist media, the artist restores outmoded methods to our time in order to provoke and challenge conventions of high and low culture, constructing a profound space between ornate and humble, and the urge to judge or remain partially withheld.
Exhibition curator: Fionn Meade, Walker Art Center Artistic Director.
Andrea Büttner, piano destructions, Museum Ludwig Köln, Köln / copyright the artist