Essence: The Horses of Deborah Butterfield
Friday, January 27, 2012 - Sunday, April 29, 2012
American sculptor Deborah Butterfield is among the most respected and acclaimed artists of her generation. Her horses, like Meijer Gardens' own beloved and iconic Cabin Creek (1999), have been the focus of great interest as much for their creative use of materials as for their craftsmanship. The horse has been the singular focus of her prolific career since the mid 1970s-most frequently focusing on the mare instead of the stallions and warhorses most commonly encountered in the history of art. This exhibition features both the installation of large-scale as well as pedestal -size horses. Each unique example is composed of a wide variety of materials from found and reclaimed metals, to branches and earth. Although each sculpture is inspired by a specific horse Butterfield has known, the works are not portraits in the traditional sense, but representations of the essence of that creature. For Butterfield, it is not merely the physical presence of such noble creatures she hopes to convey but their spirit and energy as well.
This exhibition is organized in cooperation with artist and Grounds for Sculpture.