André Butzer

  • André Butzer
    Le marteau sans maître, 2011
    Oil on canvas
    80 x 60 cm

  • André Butzer
    Pli selon pli, 2011
    Oil on canvas
    70 x 50 cm

  • André Butzer
    Répons, 2011
    Oil on canvas
    70 x 50 cm

  • André Butzer
    Gänse, 2011
    Oil on canvas
    70 x 50 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2011
    Watercolour on paper
    32 x 24 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2011
    Watercolour on paper
    32 x 24 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2012
    Oil on canvas
    140 x 100 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2012
    Gouache on paper
    32 x 24 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2008
    Pencil on paper
    41,5 x 44 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2008
    Pencil on paper
    56 x 43 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2008
    Pencil on paper
    53 x 42 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2008
    Pencil on paper
    72,5 x 101 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2009
    Pencil on paper
    21 x 29,7 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2009
    Pencil on paper
    29,7 x 21 cm

  • André Butzer
    Untitled, 2009
    Pencil on paper
    21 x 29,7 cm

  • André Butzer
    Konig Otto, 2010
    Oil on canvas
    180 x 250 cm

  • André Butzer
    Konig Alfons, 2010
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 250 cm

Since the mid-1990s, André Butzer has developed his practice exclusively around the medium of painting and its history. Butzer references American and German history, contemporary politics, economic and social hierarchies, the entertainment industry, and science fiction technology, drawing on both political and art history from Munch, Pollock, and Baselitz, to National Socialism, and from Siemens to Walt Disney. André Butzer’s first works were influenced by German Neo-expressionist painters and he himself calls them “science fiction expressionism”. These works show an exaggerated, artificial reality often featuring grotesque forms inspired by animated films. Over time, these characters tend to fade little by little into the background, drawing our attention to the “world” around them. This marks André Butzer’s transition from the figurative to the abstract, where he privileges the autonomy of the pictorial medium. The structure seems anarchic and the patterns blur together on the surface in a chaos of bright colors. The impasto and the application of paint directly from the tube onto the canvas has practically become Butzer’s signature. Leaving behind the sumptuous, brightly colored paintings that dominated his work in the past, he moves towards abstraction in 2010 when he produced his first “N-Bild.”, paintings where nuances of white and black are endless and composed by horizontal and vertical rectangles. André Butzer’s naturalist conceptions grapple with a world free of these limitations. The “N” is a sort of golden number for a real and dematerialized world governed by the laws that rule our systems of thought.

Exhibitions
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    Geneva
    Sep - Oct, 2017
  • Día de fiesta

    Montevideo
    Aug - Nov, 2017
  • Show up

    Punta del Este
    Dec - Jan, 2017
  • Random X

    Punta del Este
    Feb - Mar, 2016
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    Paris
    Nov - Dec, 2012
  • Look

    Geneva
    Sep - Nov, 2011
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    Montevideo
    Apr - Jul, 2011
  • re.volver

    Montevideo
    Aug - Nov, 2010
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    Paris
    Oct - Dec, 2009