Paul Butler


Date and place of birth: 1973, Winnipeg, Canada

Living place: Toronto, Canada

Theme: art

ECC Participation: event curator

photo: Wilford Barrington

Paul Butler's art eludes definition. It is neither associated with any particular medium, nor is his practice primarily based in the studio. Rather, the creative and conceptual basis of his art includes acts as well as objects: hosting the Collage Party and directing The Other Gallery - a nomadic, commercial gallery dedicated to overlooked artists' practices established in 2001 - are integral to Butler's creative process.

“An artist’s role is to make sense of the world that surrounds us.”

In 2007 he founded The Upper Trading Post, an invitational website that facilitates exchange of artworks amongst artists. In 2008 he was invited to lead his Reverse Pedagogy experimental residency at the Banff Centre in Canada. He has exhibited his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto; White Columns, New York; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland and his art will be featured in the exhibition “My Winnipeg” opening in June at La Maison Rouge, Paris.

Butler has contributed to the book “Decentre: Concerning Artist-run Culture” (YYZ books, 2008) as well as Hunter + Cook, Bad Day magazine and Canadian Art. He is currently co-directing the operations of Hunter + Cook Projects. During the fall of 2011, Butler will be the Art Gallery of Ontario's inaugural artist in residence.

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