Andrea Büttner

Walker Art Center
November 21, 2015–April 10, 2016

Curated by Fionn Meade

Büttner’s work often creates connections between art history and social or ethical issues, with a particular interest in notions of poverty, shame, value, and vulnerability, exploring and challenging the belief systems that underpin them.

Deliberately working within a range of premodernist media that includes techniques such as woodcut, reverse glass painting, weaving, and moss cultivation, Büttner emphasizes the direct materiality of such methods in dialogue and counterpoint with video, performance, and installation. By restoring outmoded methods to our time, the artist challenges conventions of high and low, constructing a profound space between ornate and humble, cool remove and humility, and the urge to judge or remain partially withheld.

She often infuses her work with her own primary research on underrecognized artists who engaged in socially responsive projects, including HAP Grieshaber and Gwen John. In other projects, Büttner has positioned the relatively anonymous alongside a questioning of monumental or iconic figures, a contrast evident in the artist’s recent illustration of German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment (1790).

Additional Content:
Conversation with Fionn Meade and Andrea Büttner on Piano Destructions

Video feature:
On Curation, Care and Andrea Büttner's Moss Garden

Associated Program
In Praise of "JA!", remarks by Fionn Meade

Copryright Fionn Meade unless otherwise stated