The Foundry Gallery invites you to unravel the mystery of Linda Button's mannequins that are painted in oil on linen, birch and paper in her solo exhibition entitled "Becoming." Meet the artist on October 4 at 6 pm.
In the tradition of early 20th century Metaphysical painters such as De Chirico and Carra, Button's fascination with mannequins, their surroundings and their symbolism is reflected in their manufactured heads, torsos and miscellaneous body parts whether distorted or realistic. Button's humanoids are emblematic of who we are or might be: Corrupt or Correct? Button's monotype series capture her fascination with mannequins and their surroundings as found in her interpolation of Saqsaywaman, an Inca construction on the outskirts of Cusco.
Button's experience as an American child raised in the jungles of Venezuela, as her Father drilled for oil, gave her little opportunity to "play dress-up" and attributes her fascination with fashion in part to this "lacuna" (empty space). "I was born in one culture, raised in another, and felt I was not either. To some degree I remain an immigrant in my own country", says the artist. Throughout her travels in Greece, Italy, India, Peru and Columbia, Button related to ancient bodies, archetypal bodies, and those recognizable elements that reflect ancient civilizations. Her artworks and imagery express her appreciation of proportion in form, simplicity, and reduction to the very essential.
Her technique dotes on the myriad possibilities of thin glazing and is exploring encaustics (hot wax) in her figurative work, clothed and otherwise.
The exhibition is open until October 27. Join the artist for a "Dialog with the Artist" on Saturday October 26th, 4-5pm, followed by a reception from 5-7pm.