PASADENA, CA.- The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announces a new exhibition by artist Kent Anderson Butler for the PMCA Project Room entitled, Little Sunshine. A Los Angeles-based artist, Anderson Butler works in a variety of mediums including video installation, performance and photography, and has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Orange County Museum of Art and Fringe in Los Angeles.
With Little Sunshine, Anderson Butler departs from his previous work, which is often autobiographical in reference. His new video, set in a constructed environment, explores the universal phenomenon of childhood memory and perception. Starting with the sheer joy and terror experienced during childhood which becomes indelibly etched into the psyche, Butler creates a work that speaks to the essence of the self. About his work, Anderson Butler states, The religious philosopher Teilhard de Chardin once wrote, Instead of regarding ourselves as human beings struggling to have some kind of spiritual experience, perhaps, we would consider the possibility that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. And the human experience, as we know, for better or worse, is lived in the body. Within my body I experience physical, mental and spiritual phenomena such as pain, pleasure, struggle, redemption, and restoration. In my body I will experience life, death, and, I believe, transcendence.
In addition to showing regularly in exhibitions, including a group show at Peirogi Brooklyn. Anderson Butler is also currently a professor of photography and New Genre Art at Azusa Pacific University, where he also explores the intersections of faith and contemporary art.
Little Sunshine opens April 18 and is on view at the PMCA until May 13. The opening reception will be held on Monday, April 23 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and is a joint event between the PMCA and Fuller Seminary, celebrating the openings of Little Sunshine and the Fuller Arts Festival, which will be held at the Fuller campus from Monday, April 23 to Saturday, April 28.