Jonathan Butt | Cal Crawford | Jeni Spota

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November 12 - December 18, 2011

Brennan & Griffin is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Jonathan Butt, Cal Crawford, and Jeni Spota.

Jonathan Butt's sculptures are composed of disparate geometries that jostle to occupy the same crowded space. Made up of fractured surfaces that are punctured and retraced by gridded structures and tubular pathways, the sculptures are left in the unfinished stages of formation, somewhere between comprehensively defined objects and untouched raw materials. In this frozen transitional state, they offer up the promise of nameability without being fully settled into what they will become.

Barefoot in the middle of the day, Cal Crawford fired bullets through several pillows inside the bedroom of his studio apartment with a .38 special Smith & Wesson revolver.  A selection of injured and slightly charred pillow cases hang as impotent remnants of an equally impotent action.  The resulting works, Pillow Shams, delve further into the artist's interest in psychologically confronting the viewer through his aggressive, yet thinly assembled investigations into the symbols and structures of power dynamics. 

Jeni Spota's new paintings continue the artist's use of Italian Renaissance iconography through the lens of Passolini's 1970s cinematic interpretation of The Decameron as well as the patterning and flourishes found in architecture from the period.  In her new works, Spota weaves together the sacred and profane through inserting books, playing cards, and dice to add elements from games of chance, magic, and superstition into her densely worked imagery.

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Jonathan Butt lives and works in New York.  He received his MFA from The University of Southern California.  Butt was recently included in a Two-Person exhibition at Regina Rex in Brooklyn as well as Group Exhibitions at St. Cecilia's Parish, Brooklyn, Brennan & Griffin, and Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles.

Cal Crawford lives and works in Los Angeles.  He received his MFA from Art Center in Pasadena, CA.  Crawford recently had a Solo Exhibition at Sister, Los Angeles.  He has also participated in Group Exhibitions at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Cottage Home, Los Angeles among others.

Jeni Spota lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Spota has recently mounted Solo Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, and Brennan & Griffin, NY. She has also had work included in Group Exhibitions at Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, the Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, and will be included in the upcoming exhibition Painter's Painters at the Saatchi Gallery, London.