SOME PEOPLE OF KUWAIT, 2000, Color iris print, on heavy rag photo paper signed on verso and inscribed "OK to print', from small edition of just 10.
images 40 x 26 ¾", full margins; printed by Muse X.
This was a series about Kuwaiti, Arab woman or men dressed in Burka's from up close it appears completely abstract from a bit of a distance an image emerges.
Jack Butler was a Professor of Art at California State University Los Angeles from 1988 to 2010. He received his Master of Arts degree from California State University Los Angeles in 1972 and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA in 1979. He was a dedicated teacher from 1971 to 2010 and taught at numerous educational institutions including California State University Los Angeles, the University of California, Riverside, UCLA Extension, Pasadena City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Southwest College and was a visiting instructor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
He has participated in approximately one hundred exhibitions during that time including sixteen solo exhibitions. His work has been shown at such institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fahey / Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Art, Gallery Min in Tokyo, Japan, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Osaka, Japan, Photo-Tableau in Paris, France, the Photographers Gallery in London England, the Kansas City Art Institute, The Friends of Photography Ansel Adams Center, the Laguna Beach Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, Sala Arcs Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, the California Museum of Photography, the Center of Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, the Corcoran Gallery, Boston Mass., and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and was represented by the former Sherry Frumkin Gallery.
He has been published in numerous books and catalogs. These include publications from such seminal exhibitions as “ Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph 1960-1980”, “Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946”, “Photography and Language” and “Attitudes: Photography in the Seventies” as well as having a catalog of his work published by Min Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Recent publications include catalogs from the exhibition "Transfictions" at the Fisher Gallery USC and the exhibition "COLA 2004" at Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery as well as “The Polaroid Years, Instant Photography and Experimentation”, The Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College 2013.
During his career he has been involved in numerous workshops and lectures and has curated numerous exhibitions. He has participated in a Distinguished Artists Forum, 20x24 Polaroid Project in 1989 and was supported the by Polaroid Corporation to work on the 20x24 Polaroid camera in New York Studio in 1990 and again in 1998. Polaroid Corporation was also instrumental in assisting with the production of his project Hot Rod "Kulture / Culture.” He was also a recipient of a SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1980, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (major individual grant) in 1981 and received a City of Los Angeles Individual Artists Fellowship (COLA Grant) in 2004.
His work is included in such collections as the Los Angeles County Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, California Museum of Photography, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts UCLA, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture, Seattle Art Museum, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Japan, the Graham and Susan Nash Collection, the Aaron Spelling Collection as well as numerous other private collections. Going back to the 1840s, the earliest days of photography, people like Fox Talbot, Hippolyte Bayard and Oscar Gustave Rejlander were manipulating images and producing work that they referred to as Art or “Light Drawings”. Moving on to the 1920s and 30s we discover people such as Kurt Schwitters, Christian Schad, Hana Hoch, Raoul Haussmann, Man Ray, John Heartfield, Max Ernst, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy, Hans Bellmer, Andre Breton, Herbert Bayer and William Mortensen.
All these Artists, and many more, only get us historically up to the late 1930’s. And after WWII the interaction between painters, photographers really begin to expand. Artists such as Joseph Cornell, Larry Rivers, Richard Hamilton, Robert Rauschenberg, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, and for me personally, Karen Truax and Judith Golden at UCLA and even more recently Jake and Dinos Chapman (the first Artists to reinvigorate my interest in the Art World in over ten years) all became sources for my research for production of my work, which soon would be solidified in this cross over aesthetic arena. I learned, as many of my predecessors had, when appropriate, to fabricate my images by hand and to re-photograph them once altered and then to sometimes alter them again. It is a learned technique that requires both passion and compassion to master. Once digital tools were available I incorporated them into my work, but never to replace the uniqueness and power of the handmade mark.
Muse X Editions. An (now defunct) LA based innovative publisher of limited-edition prints, Muse X has launched its first group of prints and is just beginning to make itself known to artists, curators, dealers and collectors. Among works just off the press are otherworldly landscapes by Barbara Kasten and Oliver Wasow, a sizzling sunset by Peter Alexander, abstract compositions by Pauline Stella Sanchez and Jennifer Steinkamp, text and photo combinations by Bill Barminski and Nancy Dwyer, and conceptual photographs by Kevin Hanley. Doug Aitken, Polly Apfelbaum, David Levinthal, Richard Long, Christian Marclay, Alyson Shotz, Uta Barth all have published with them.
2003 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Award
1989 Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, C.S.U.L.A.
1979 National Endowment of the Arts, Individual Photography Fellowship, Major Grant Recipient
1979 Perception-A Field Jurors Award, Los Angeles, CA
1975 UCLA Arts Council Award