Day of the Dead Show Sneak Preview: Ben Butcher
The show opens tonight so this will be the last sneak preview before the grand unveiling tonight. Ben is an incredibly talented artist and I am ecstatic that he decided to join the roster of this show. Instead of hemming and hawing over what to write about him and his piece, I’ll just let Mr. Butcher speak for himself:
“Day of the Dead” or “Día de los Muertos” is the Mexican holiday where family and friends gather together to remember those loved ones whom they have lost and to celebrate their lives. It takes place on November 1st and 2nd. We mostly know of this holiday from all of the brightly decorated sugar skulls and other folk art images of skeletons dancing and playing music.
This is my contribution to an upcoming “Day of the Dead” show in Michigan. I chose to take the Mariachi band as my subject matter and intertwine the color and design elements from both the Day of the Dead celebration along with other Mexican art and design elements.
This piece was created using a variety of papers as well as cardboard. There is actually a lot of white on white details that get lost in the photograph but something that I thought would add a nice texture and feel to the bones.
More of Ben on the web:
Day of the Dead
Opens October 7th
Starkweather Arts Center
219 N. Main Street
Romeo, MI 48065