YYZ PRESENTS | PAUL BUTLER’S COLLAGE PARTY
SPECIAL EVENT | WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST 2011, 1:00PM – 6:00PM
ADMISSION | FREE
Paul Butler’s Collage Party, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.
A type of experimental studio, The Collage Parties are traveling art events that invite the public to make works in a collective space. These events engage a spectrum of communities, including professional and non-professional artists, adults, teens as well as children. The Collage Parties serve as a source for ideas, inspiration, and connections for everyone involved, opening them to new pathways of artistic growth. Dozens of these events have been hosted across North America and Europe in public museums, commercial galleries, schools, and non-profit art centers.
PAUL BUTLER‘s art eludes definition. It is neither associated with any particular medium, nor is his practice primarily based in the studio. Rather, the creative and conceptual basis of his art includes acts as well as objects: hosting the Collage Party and directing The Other Gallery – a nomadic commercial gallery dedicated to overlooked artists’ practices established in 2001 – are integral to Butler’s creative process. In 2007 he founded the UpperTradingPost.com, an invitational website that facilitates exchange of artworks amongst artists. In 2008 he was invited to lead his Reverse Pedagogy experimental residency at the Banff Centre. He has exhibited his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto; White Columns, New York; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland, Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Toronto; and La Maison Rouge, Paris. Butler has contributed to the book Decentre: Concerning Artist-run Culture (YYZ books, 2008) as well as Hunter + Cook, Bad Day magazine and Canadian Art. Butler will be the Art Gallery of Ontario’s inaugural artist in residence this Fall.
YYZBOOKS SALE | DECENTRE 50% OFF!
To celebrate the second collaboration between YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Paul Butler, YYZ will be holding a one-day only sale on decentre, a YYZBOOKS publication in which Butler was a contributor.
DECENTRE is a book about artist-run culture; the efflorescence of projects, spaces, events spawned by artists at their own initiation. We asked artists and others working in artist-run spaces to write short texts addressing the issues we face in this milieu, distilling down the essence of the concept artist-run and looking into the future.