Jack Butler

About the Artist

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1937, Jack Butler is an American-Canadian artist who has taught at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittburgh, Pennsylvania, Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and as adjunct faculty in the Healthcare Technology and Place program at the University of Toronto.

Exhibiting installations, video projections, computer animations and  performanceAn art form in which the actions of a person or group in a particular place at a particular time constitute the artwork; all works of performance art therefore incorporate time, space, the performer’s body, and the relationship between performer and viewer.  works internationally, Butler's work is also in numerous public and private collections.  Butler is also a founding member of the Sanavik Cooperative, in Baker Lake, Nunavut and has worked with  InuitInuit means “the people” in Inukititut, the language of the people of northern Canada. Go to http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/pr/info/info114_e.html for further information.  artists since 1969.

Butler has long investigated both the scientific and the spiritual worlds in relation to his art practice and the artworks seen in the ARTSask theme, Body in Crisis, Shaman (state III) and Souls Beneath the Sea, continue this process by giving visual  formIn its widest sense, total structure; a synthesis of all the visible aspects of that structure and of the manner in which they are united to create its distinctive character. The form of a work is what enables us to perceive it. Form also refers to an element of art that is three-dimensional (height, width, and depth) and encloses volume. For example, a triangle, which is two-dimensional, is a shape, but a pyramid, which is three-dimensional, is a form. Cubes, spheres, ovoids, pyramids, cone, and cylinders are examples of various forms. Also, all of the elements of a work of art independent of their meaning. Formal elements are primary features which are not a matter of semantic significance — including colour, dimensions, line, mass, medium, scale, shape, space, texture, value; and the principles of design under which they are placed — including balance, contrast, dominance, harmony, movement, proportion, proximity, rhythm, similarity, unity, and variety. (Artlex.com)  to philosophical and spiritual ideas.


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