The Button Show at Rush Arts Gallery

Installation View
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

I have to thank my friend Andrew for turning me on to The Button Show; a super fun exhibit that’s up now at Rush  Arts Gallery. Curated by Peter “Souleo” Wright, The Button Show features sculptures and other artworks created using regular clothing buttons, incorporated with other found objects, to create unique art that is delightful to behold.

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Io Palmer, Buttoned Up Cloud

On display are the works of 11 artists who each work with buttons either as the dominant medium or a featured element in their sculpture, photography and wearable artworks. Participating artists include veteran Button Artists Amalia K. Amaki, Beau McCall and Lisa Kokin.

Lisa Kokin Sleep
Lisa Kokin, Sleep

Lisa Kolin uses buttons, chicken wire, thread and spray paint to create sculptures that obliterate the surface of otherwise easily recognizable objects.

Lisa Kokin, Rescue
Lisa Kokin, Rescue

Clown Head
Lisa Kokin, Party Hat Diabolique

I think this is my favorite piece by her. It’s easy to see some of the other tiny objects — 45 RPM records, doll parts, toys, belt buckles, tiny souvenir license plates, clock faces — that are part of these very fun artworks.

Lisa Kokin, Piecework

This one, called Piecework, actually takes on more shape when seen from a distance.

Detail From Lady
Detail From Piecework

Curator Souleo offers, “I am proud to help highlight the medium of clothing buttons in visual art. Clothing buttons occupy a familiar but seemingly insignificant presence in our lives. Each artist forces us to reimagine this everyday object as a viable tool for communication and self-expression through visual art. In these works, buttons become signifiers of issues of class, politics, race, beauty and personal narratives in ways that are visually stimulating and highly engaging.”

Camilla Taylor, They’ve Already Left
Camilla Taylor, They’ve Already Left

These spider-like sculptures, covered with iridescent black buttons, remind me very much of the work of Louise Bourgeois.

Beau McCall, World Spinnin’ on a 45
Beau McCall, World Spinnin’ on a 45

When I look at this oversize Record Adapter, I wonder how many people under 20 even know what this is, or what it was used for. Nostalgia!

World Spinnin Detail
World Spinnin Detail

Red Bath Tub

This gorgeous Red Bathtub is called Dark Musk Oil Egyptian Crystals & Florida Water/ Red Potion no.1 (but in all lower case letters, and no spaces between the words), and it is by Beau McCall. Created from Buttons, fabric, and thread over a cast iron tub, this is the show stopper.

Red Bathtub

Bathtub Interior Detail

So beautiful.

Kool Aid Man
Domino Kool (Hood Classic I)

Beau McCall also created this stunning representation of a Pitcher of Kool-Aid Dink Mix being poured into a glass.

Kool-Aid Pour Detail

I love how he uses clear buttons to represent the ice.

Button Desk
Tablet Arm Desk

ABCDEFU

The Message: ABCDEFU. Yes.

The Button Show will be on Exhibit Through March 12th, 2016 at Rush Arts Gallery, Located at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 311, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Button Show Signage

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