I work across a variety of optical media. My formal artistic training is in B&W printing which I studied under Lawrence McFarland, William Abranowicz and George Tice.
My primary media are now video and generative software projected as an immersive installation. I develop cycles that iterate new versions over time. Often the work is linked to performances, and usually I make prints from the moving images.
Ouroboros, multichannel video, Art for Tomorrow, Doha, Qatar
Ouroboros, multichannel video, Pret a Diner, Berlin
Epiphany, multichannel video, BAM Next Wave Festival with new compositions, live performers, lighting design and custom immersive seating.
Oceanic Landscapes, multichannel video and audio. The Dillon Gallery, New York City.
Through the Looking Glass: Science & Art, Columbia University, New York City.
Oceanic Verses, operatic video performance, The Barbican Centre, London, UK
Illusory Production, solo show, multichannel video installation, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing
Epiphany, multichannel video installation, Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland
Oceanic Verses, operatic video performance, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Oceanic Verses, operatic video performance, River to River Festival, New York City
Ouroboros, multichannel video installation, Clews Foundation, Denver, Colorado
Divine Machines, single channel video, contribution to Museum of Optography installation, Sharjah, UAE
Fabric of Life, solo show of prints & video, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York City
Executive Privilege, video installation in Tribute to Ai Wei Wei group show, White Box, New York City
Fading Civilizations, video triptych with live performance, SoundRes Festival, Lecce, Italy
The Aging Magician, musical theater performance with video and live staging, The Kitchen, New York City
Fading Civilizations, video triptych with live performance, The Kitchen, New York City
Ouroboros, video installation in group show Light Impressions, Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver, Colorado
Memory Begins, video installation in group show, SudLab, Naples, Italy
Memory Begins, video installation in group show, White Box, New York City
Ouroboros, solo show, multichannel video installation, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York City
Oceanic Verses, operatic video triptych with live performance, New York City Opera
Caro Ben Mio, single channel video with live performance, Galapagos Art Space, New York City
Baghdad Transcendental, sculpture & photography installation, The Drop group show, New York City
Epiphany: Prints, solo photography installation, Kaufman Arcade, New York City
Epiphany: Volcano, group show at Gallery 8, New York City
Divine Machines, film screening, The Hackney Empire, London, UK
Epiphany, video installation, Museum of the Moving Image, New York City
Noumema, Time is the Moving Image & The Same River, short plays, Water Mill Center for the Arts
Curated installation of LAB productions, Museum of the Moving Image, New York City
Curated presentation of LAB productions, Scope Art Fair, New York City
Unperception Now, single channel video, Montreal Festival of Film on Art
Living Voom, curated selection of LAB productions, Scanners Film Festival, The Lincoln Center
Curated evening of LAB productions, Borderlines Festival, Beijing, China
Unperception Now, single channel video, group show, Janos Gat Gallery, New York City
Curated evening of LAB productions, SF Cinemateque, San Francisco
Curated selection of LAB productions, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California
Curated selection of LAB productions, Orchard 47, New York City
Jeanne Moreau & Isabelle Huppert Video Portraits, Couvent des Cordeliers, Paris
I have created a number of portfolios some of which can be seen here and others which cannot.
Robert Olen Butler