Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Throckmorton Theatre's February Art Exhibit features works from Bradford Butler and Marie Van Elder.
Bradford Butler works in the Los Angeles area as a fine art painter and sculptor. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he recently graduated from California College of the Arts with a BFA and focus in ceramics. His production has recently engaged in painting. Bradford now resides in Los Angeles since September 2015 to persue his art practice. www.bradfordbutler.com
Butler Artist Statement: The regurgitation of information implodes and explodes. There is a containment of silence within an atmosphere of activity, emotion, and instability. My marks represent disordered life, chaos becoming structure, structure then failing, to be rebuilt. Inherently inconsistent, the paintings and sculptures can be made only through an intuitive, arbitrary process. My art explores the unstable mind, reasoning for moments of understanding. This art confronts the encounters of information accumulated everyday. The body of work rests, never, an interminable quest for more questions. “I can’t go on. I’ll go on” (Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable).
Marie Van Elder was born in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and received her MFA in Painting in 2003 from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Van Elder's work has been exhibited in California, New York, Utah, and Tokyo. She was recently included in the national exhibition RTBF/Canvas, La Collection at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussells and featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit Magazine. She currently lives and works between Northern California and Brussells. www.marievanelder.net
Van Elder Artist Statement: In Van Elder’ work, fairy tales, old masters painting, girlhood memories, domestic elements and teen culture are collaged together to create a intimate yet oddly theatrical (often dark) one page narrative.Tweenies- heroines are comically involved in games, chores, little rituals and rites of passage, role-playing or simply awkwardly stand there in all their self-aware angst, absorbing life ambiguities.
Throckmorton Theatre is located at 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 94941.