Butter Gallery

Gustavo Oviedo. From Nov 7th through Dec 7th, 2008.  Butter GalleryBright colors and visual patterns collide at 21st century speeds in Gustavo Oviedo's latest exhibition titled Ultraviolet Palm Trees, which opens on November 7th at the Butter Gallery in Coconut Grove

Fascinated by the repetitive nature of numerical patterns and inspired by the possibilities of technology, Oviedo adopts a philosophy of delivering visual impact by any means available to him. Space age vinyl cut outs, laser branded card boards and air conditioning ducts share the exhibition space with organic materials alike in a homage to Miami. The magic city that has shaped his artistic career since its early start.

"The easier the better. I am not concerned about the difficulty of a particular process but with the end result instead. Speed is very important to me. The mediums used in my work are representative of the technology available to contemporary artists like myself. My choice of colors is simply a reflection of my surroundings".

In recent years the known Miami muralist and curator has developed a following of young collectors that identify with his work. For this anticipated show, his first solo in five years, Oviedo has transformed the exhibition space of the Butter Gallery with an installation of his latest works and a small retrospective from years past.

The Butter Gallery
3135 Commodore Plaza
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Ph: 305.303.6254
paco@buttergallery.com
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Butter Gallery

By Manuela Gabaldon

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Cozily located in the heart of Coconut Grove, Butter Gallery offers a diverse selection of art to locals and visitors. This engaging space houses paintings from veteran artists such as Ramirez Vallejo (Colombia) and Francisco de la Torre III (Cuba), to the newer talents of Ross Ford (New Hampshire) and Gustavo Oviedo (France). Francisco “Paco” De la Torre IV, owner and curator of Butter Gallery, focuses on the importance of variety in his selection process. Butter Gallery is a true reflection of Miami and the foundation of its culture as artists from all over the world exhibit within the space De La Torre calls, a true melting pot.

I visited Butter Gallery on a Tuesday afternoon and had the pleasure of being led through the space by De La Torre himself. As we walked through the gallery, my tour guide for the day spoke with great passion about each artist and painting, piece, or installation he has on exhibit. An installation called “I love Miami 365” by, first place winner of Fotomission’s 4th South Beach Photomarathon, Alissa Christine (Brazil), is a daily photo documentary that captures the essence of Miami, as De la Torre explains, “Only a local like herself could have done”. “I love Miami 365”, the only installation on display at this time, hangs from the ceiling of the gallery’s second hall surrounded by paintings of the afore mentioned Ramirez Vallejo (Colombia), Ciseron Bautista (Honduras), and many others, contributing to the melting pot theme of Butter Gallery. De la Torre emphasizes that there is nothing coincidental about this eclectic mixture of artists, expressing his beliefs in the importance of diversity in the art scene as well as on the streets.

Butter Gallery’s charm lies within its friendly atmosphere and inviting team De La Torre describes as “one big family”. The owner’s affable disposition and willingness to give a tour to any visitor keeps this space approachable and warm, a characteristic De La Torre believes has been lost in today’s art scene. More than a place to buy art, Butter Gallery is a place to discover what is new in art. De La Torre takes pride in his covered walls by established artists, but also believes in his duty to introduce new and emerging talents to the community; art is in constant progress, and as long as artists continue to reinvent the art world De La Torre will keep to his duty. De La Torre has expressed desires to relocate to a more ample space but for the moment is happy and grateful to form a part of the Coconut Grove community.
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Half Full by Alissa Christine. From Jun 28th through Jul 31st, 2008.Butter Gallery. Miami Art GalleriesButter Gallery is currently presenting Half Full, a solo exhibition by Miami-based artist Alissa Christine. Local photographer Alissa Christine shows her love for the magic city by capturing its essence everyday for an entire year through her daily photo documentary, i love miami 365. (more…)

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