This spring, SEASON Gallery in Seattle presented Visual Arts Professor Sharon Butler's paintings in "Squeeze Hard (Hold That Thought)." Made in response to the monumental sculpture at the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Butler's new work is composed of spare color, graphite, metallic pigments, and geometric shapes on unprimed, and in some cases, unstretched canvas.
This month, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of her award-winning blog, Two Coats of Paint, Butler invited New York City (NYC) curator Austin Thomas to organize an exhibition in her new studio, located in Bushwick, New York's gritty, but distinguished art community. Coinciding with Bushwick Open Studios, a three-day celebration featuring hundreds of events and performances, Butler's exhibition was among the top activities recommended by several well-regarded publications, including The New Criterion, ArtInfo, Hyperallergic, The L Magazine, Art Fag City and Bushwick Daily.
Butler, who returns from a leave of absence in the fall, is preparing for upcoming solo exhibitions at Real Art Ways in Hartford and Pocket Utopia in New York City.