Thursday 13th October 2016
Another artist who’s direction I was led would be André Butzer.
Butzer’s work contains a playful innocence due to its use of colour and cartoon-like characters. Similar to Meese’s work, I feel a melancholic undertone, but overshadowed by child-like marks and blocks of colour. His ghostly and vacant faces provoke mood with addition to his often muddied pallet. The loud and chaotic compositions force the eye to dance all over each piece, causing a feeling of overwhelm. Some of his pieces remind me of Jackson Pollock’s work, due to their busy dynamic and directional lines of colour.
Butzer was born in Stuttgart, Germany and lives in Rangsdorf near Berlin. He makes semi-abstract paintings that feature cartoon-like characters and objects. Butzer is interested in the comic genre, whose ambivalence comes on the one hand from a childlike inflation of effect and on the other hand from an artificial lifelessness, set beyond morality. Butzer’s work has been called Science-Fiction-Expressionism, he is influenced by James Ensor, Willem de Kooning, and Phillip Guston. In 1997, he helped to found Akademie Isotrop in Hamburg.
“André Butzer’s work is characterized by an intensive exploration of the limits and possibilities of the medium painting, while the artist develops a strong personal universe. André Butzer initially created expressive pictures of intense colours, marked by an artificially exaggerated reality; then an increasing abstraction prevailed, occasionally interspersed with figurative elements, while some of his recent paintings, the N-Bilder, concentrate on the energetic force of an elaborated contrast of maximum pictorial means. Apparently laid down in series, these works moreover manifest their own status of being non-transferable determinations.”