I/R. 581, 2012
Oil + resin on extruded aluminium section and stainless steel
Original size: Dimensions variable, site specific
Photographer: Peter Abrahams
Eric Butcher’s work represents an attempt at the selective articulation of the surfaces of aluminium structures through the use of paint and resin. It is made through a process governed by specific rules. A thin transparent monochrome is spread across the surface of the aluminium and then stripped off, using a variety of blades and instruments drawn across the surface. This procedure is then repeated, slowly building up an accumulation of residues, the outcome of which is determined largely by the physical characteristics of the support; the imperfections of the metal surface, the burr of its edge, or the build up along the edge of the blade as it strips the surface bare. Each tiny imperfection is amplified by the process of stripping, leaving a ridge of denser colour to register its presence.
Eric Butcher studied philosophy at Cambridge University and painting at Wimbledon School of Art. His painted objects and installations are shown internationally. Recent shows include A Synthetic Kind of Love, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover, 2013 and The Devil Finds Work for Idle Hands, Toomey-Tourell, San Francisco, 2012, a group show which he also curated. He is currently showing in A Machine Aesthetic, a group exhibition which is touring venues across the UK and which he co-curated with Simón Granell.