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.
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