Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Red Orange Brown Black Butterfly 581), 2005, colored pencil on paper, 58 3/4“ x 48”.


Mark Grotjahn

Kunstmuseum Thun
Thunerhof Hofstettenstrasse 14
September 7–November 18, 2007

Curated by Madelein Schüppli

Though his practice could be described as one of multiple emersions, ranging from quasi abstraction to cartoonish appropriation to a kind of neo–Art Brut, Los Angeles–based artist Mark Grotjahn has become known primarily for his “butterfly” suite—paintings and drawings of converging lines that give the conventional illusion of land diminishing toward the horizon. Under Grotjahn’s employ, these wrangled bands of color suggest slices of space squeezed between planes, luring the viewer in to explore the striped canyons or to contemplate the microcosmic void between the (abstract) butterfly’s wings. Offering some thirty-five works—even a few drawings by the artist’s psychoanalyst grandfather, Martin—Grotjahn’s first European museum exhibition will present a selection of his output from 2001 to 2007, with a focus, hopefully not too narrow, on the indeed rich butterfly pieces.