Stephen Butler is a South African artist living and working in Los Angeles.
In his sculpture Butler presents us with an editorialized vision of the world. The selection of materials; foam, wire, rubber and plaster puts forward a very personal opinion about the way we live, as well as a reflection on the human condition.
Butler believes that the interpretation of the human form is as close as we can come to a sacred experience. The sculptures become the purest representation of his desire to express this notion - the multitude of shapes take on the plurality, the endless possibility and the sheer magnitude of what it means to be human.
He mimics and twists the historical - giving the work the simultaneous sense of the familiar and the strange, the organic and the manufactured, the tragic and the cartoonish. Seen collectively they create a humanistic vision of twenty first century relics presented before time itself has held them to account.