SHOW DRAWN: 10 Years of Concert Drawing with Brian Butler
Miami artist Brian Butler is celebrating a decade of drawing concerts with a traveling exhibition of 200 prints and a 100 page companion book that surveys the collection.
Started mid-way through a 2008 Gwar concert, Brian Butler identified concert drawings was the perfect pairing of two passions. That night he sealed his commitment to the vocation in theatric monster blood. Since then, his sketchbook has escorted him through a vast spectrum musical genres hosted across countless venues, festivals, and basements. As the drawing conditions shift, two simple rules remain steadfast:
1. The drawing begins upon arrival to the show
2. The drawing is complete by the end.
Even as he experiments with live digital drawing, like in his 2018 SXSW collection of iPad drawings captured and printed on-site through the use of a tablet and a little bluetooth pocket printer, the rules remain.
Trustman Art Gallery Interim Director Helen Popinchalk was fundamental in orchestrating this exhibition. Poring over many years of sketchbooks, she built an extensive archive. Her effort laid the groundwork for both the show and the book, which is available for pre-order (showdrawnbook.com). To then pivot the collection to Superchief Gallery also made complete sense, as the gallery has firmly identified itself as an ally to the underground, and a champion of mostly everything Brian's illustrated live.
Presently the show is slated for a debut in Boston Massachusetts, followed by a brief run at Superchief Gallery in Queens, New York, with tentative spin-off events in both Miami and Los Angeles.
Opening information is as follows:
The Trustman Art Gallery
Main College Building, Fourth Floor
300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115-5898
April 22 - May 31
Opening reception: Thursday, April 25, 5-7 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m ( closed: May 17 & 27 )
Superchief Gallery NY
1628 Jefferson Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385
July 25 -July 28
Opening reception: Thursday, July 25
Special programming: info coming soon