Eleanor Louise Butt After L’ÉtéOpening: Wednesday 13 March, 6 - 8pm Dates: 13 March - 6 April 2019
Eleanor Louise Butt’s paintings are process led, employing a personal language of recurring shapes, negative space and distinctive colour. Forms and gestures interact, generating relationships and mnemonic narratives. Through this ongoing investigation of material and archetypes, Eleanor adopts the potentialities of paint to create surfaces where action, experience, perception and memory are interwoven and folded back into one another.
The surface of each painting become a charged space through the use of coarse linen and hessian, and are often saturated with an iconic yellow hue. What then follows is an intuitive process of applying and removing paint, pouring, rubbing and layering, all situated within a unique language of figure-ground dynamics. Through these actions, Eleanor’s canvases become diaristic sites for posing questions and receiving answers whilst generating agency through an intimate and reciprocal relationship between artist and object.
In this particular exhibition, works explore surface, shapes, motifs, colours and patterns from historic paintings, most significantly Pierre Bonnard’s L’Été (1917). Bonnard’s work imagines two temporal spaces, an Arcadian past and a then modernist present. In negotiating this temporal duality through painting, this new suite of paintings presents a range of meditations on the various abstractions occurring within and inferred by L’Été.
Eleanor is a Melbourne based artist, she Graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, degree with Honours, 2013. She has since exhibited at Sutton Projects, SPRING 1883, LON Gallery, CGK (Denmark), Fort Delta, Wellington St Projects, Town Hall Gallery (Hawthorn), VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Blindside ARI, Seventh Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Rubicon ARI and others. In 2016 she was a Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize finalist and an MCollection Art Award Finalist. In October 2019 Eleanor will be exhibiting at Galerie Pompom in Sydney.