There is no culmination in an investigation of the pursuit of private rituals, mantras, beliefs systems and longings that are instrumental to an individuals’ progress through one’s self within a communal structure in constant flux. Perhaps we are all cognizant islands longing for a poetic and personal Pangaea.
Jesse Butcher (b. 1982) is an artist and educator currently living in Chicago, IL. Butcher received a BFA from The Rhode Island School Of Design in 2005 and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Butcher has been an artist in residence at the Graham Foundation during the Breaking Glass Summer Seminar and a HATCH Resident Artist at the Chicago Artists Coalition. Curatorial projects include Okay Mountain and MASS Gallery in Austin, TX. He is a Co-founder of Walls Divide Press. Classes taught include “Introduction to Photographic Image Making,” “Damaged: Punk and Images” and “Exploratory Media.” His recent exhibitions include IN FOCUS at the Phoenix Art Museum in Pheonix, AZ, America at PhilMOCA at Philadelphia, PA, and No Fate But What We Make at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.