“Afterimage” features two series of paintings that riff on themes of mortality, self-portraiture and what the artist calls “epic frailty.” The first body of work consists of paintings in which the words “The End” or producer credits such as “L BUTLER PICTURES” run over landscapes and seascapes. Through their appropriations, the paintings have a ventriloquist aspect wherein their objective cinematic appearance masks the revelation of a highly subjective voice.

 

In the second body of work, the artist depicts himself as a tragicomic corpse in a variety of settings: naked except for knee socks and floating head down in a pool or surrounded by his art materials in a gray no man’s land.

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