Canadian, b. 1973
Untitled, from the series edited drawing No. 1, 1999–2003
duraflex print, tape
61 x 46.6 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Naylor and with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program/Oeuvre achetée avec l’aide du programme d’aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada
Based on an existing image that is then collaged with tape, Paul Butler uses adhesive tape like a painter employs a brush. This work is part of a series that Butler began in 1998, which he categorizes as failed drawings that have been repaired. The torn edges of the tape reference the artist’s hand. Butler employs a wide range of tapes such as duct tape, wood grain, camouflage, and transparent tapes to do these “repairs.” In the artist’s hands this unusual drawing medium has proven to be incredibly versatile, resulting in several interesting textural effects. Possessing a strong graphic quality, Butler’s composition also embodies his wry and clever sense of humour, which permeates his entire artistic practice.