Exhibition, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA.
A newly commissioned installation is amongst the works by Andrea Büttner shown here. The artist often creates connections between art history and social or ethical issues, with a particular interest in notions of poverty, shame, value, and vulnerability, exploring and challenging the belief systems
that underpin these. Deliberately utilising a range of pre-modernist media – techniques such as woodcutting, reverse glass painting, weaving, and moss cultivation, she emphasises direct materiality in dialogue and counterpoint with video, performance, and installation.
By restoring outmoded methods to our time, Büttner challenges conventions of high and low, constructing a profound space between ornate and humble, cool remove and humility, and the urge to judge or remain impartial.