Up, Up, Up
Artist Location: Tuscon, AZ
Dimensions (HxWxD): 9' x 6' x 6'
Medium: Fabricated and forged steel with enamel
Artist Statement: My art begins with a longtime fascination for the contrast between STRAIGHT and CURVE. These lines are charged with qualities representative of my personal experience. The following are my associations: STRAIGHT: direct, prescribed, standard, constraint, control, symmetry, dull, rigid, utilitarian, sensible, practical, predictable, drab, dull, robotic, banal, unbending, man-made, rational, shallow, secure, asphalt, hard etc. CURVE: lyrical, eccentric, random, unique, poetic, spontaneous, surprise, freedom, imaginative, fresh, lively, exhilarating, fleshy, gestural, loose, open, exciting, colorful, whimsical, natural, deep, individual, sweet, truth, genuine, dream, elation, sublime, earth, heart, soft, graceful etc. I am a creator. I love to build things for people with my hands. I enjoy being in such a physical discipline; metal fabrication, welding, forging, public art, sculpture, tradesman, contractor, builder, artist, designer etc. Steel is great because it is common and industrial, tried and true, not a fancy schmanzy "Fine Art" material. It boasts; bridge, train, skyscraper. Steel begins as a hard, man-made material. In my work I seek to transform portions of compositions toward organic, natural lines richly juxtaposing the geometric elements. My experience with steel has taught me myriad ways to transform off-the-shelf shapes. My sculptures love standing in public spaces; campuses, parks and plazas where they may be chanced upon by anyone out in the open. Jason E. Butler, 2017
Artist Bio: Borng inArcata, California, 1975 Butler has dreamed of being a professional artist since grade school. His first three-dimensional pieces were made in wood, plaster and clay while attending Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. After working on foundry projects for two years he fabricated his first steel artworks in 2001. He was immediately intrigued by the physicality of the process and the vast options of the material. Butler graduated from HSU in 2002. In 2003 he relocated to Tucson and began work on his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Arizona. Here, he taught undergraduate courses and focused on his artwork. In 2004 he began working with Doug Thompson, a professional fabricator and blacksmith. This industry experience affected his art and process immensely opening up many options for manipulating metal. In 2006 he introduced forged steel elements to his sculptural compositions. Upon earning his MFA degree Butler taught for ten years at Pima Community College and two Tucson area high schools while producing his metal works on the side. In 2014 he retired from teaching to pursue studio projects full time. He has completed 6 public art projects in Arizona and was recently awarded two large contracts. Besides sculpture he does many architectural commissions for clients in the Tucson area under the business name Special Interest Metalwerks. Butler draws inspiration from nature. In his work, he juxtaposes organic lines against geometric planes and angles. Color is one of his favorite tools. He loves displaying his works out of doors where he believes the most people will see them in an open air gallery. His large sculptures are currently on view in New Jersey, Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Oregon and multiple sites in California and Arizona. To see examples of Butlerâ€™s work please visit: www.simetalwerks.com. Butler has been involved in competitive cycling since his teens. He is now involved in trail running and ultramarathons including; a 100-miler, seven 50-milers and 25 trail marathons. In 1994 he served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He loves speaking Spanish and continues to practice every day. He and his wife, Mary have six children.