THE FRANKLIN and ACRE are proud to present:
Recent work by
EMILY HERMANT and BEN BUTLER
Ben Butler’s sculptures reflect the sensibility that an object stands as a momentary physical manifestation of an ongoing process. They provide evidence of unseen forces, and they point to the distinction between the human and the non-human. Throughout the natural world, unexpected complexity emerges from simple, persistent processes. When the order of things is not readily apparent, complexity is often mistaken for chaos. In the rush to comprehend we miss the wonderful sources of things. His response is to play in the boundaries between the simple and the complex, and between the complex and the overwhelming.
In Emily Hermant’s work, a recurring theme is the utilization of slow, hand-making processes to generate ways of representing the rapid movement and proliferation of digital information and communication in contemporary life. For this duo exhibition with Ben Butler at The Franklin, Hermant has created Walled Garden, an installation of hand-rendered wallpaper panels on the interior of the Franklin’s outdoor structure, in which orchestrated ensembles of individually drawn dashes fluctuate in vibrant, toxic color combinations—a distillation of our experience of the hum and blur of rapidly changing technological information.
Ben Butler received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from Bowdoin College. Solo exhibitions of his work have appeared in New York at Coleman Burke Gallery and Plane Space, as well as at Zg Gallery in Chicago, John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, and Rice Gallery in Houston, among others. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Individual Artist Grant and numerous fellowships at residency programs including the MacDowell Colony, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Ucross Foundation.
Emily Hermant received her MFA as a Trustee Merit Scholar in Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at CIRCA Art Actuel in Montréal, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Galerie Nicolas Robert in Montréal, Triennale di Milano Museum in Italy and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. Hermant has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, as well as residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, Ox-Bow School of Art, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Nordic Artists’ Centre in Norway. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University in NOLA.
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.
Additional programs at THE FRANKLIN:
At THE LIVING ROOM
Curated by MICHAEL VELLIQUETTE
Amy Pleasant (Birmingham)
Pete Schulte (Birmingham)
Will Crump (NYC)
Leeza Meksin (NYC)
Bernadette Witzak (Madison)
Amy Boone-McCreesh (Baltimore)
Adrienne Herman (Kansas City)
John Parot (Los Angeles)
Ethel Shipton (San Antonio)
Leigh Anne Lester (San Antonio)
Edra Soto (Chicago)
Dan Sullivan (Chicago)
At THE BACK YARD
Throwing vs. Throwing
JEREMY J. FOY
At THE FLAT SCREEN
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