Lotion is a mooreartpress209 magazine, coming out sometimes quarterly, or twice a year or whenever an issue is ready. It was launched in Spring 2015.
Using the format afforded by a magazine, Lotion, creates visual essays through the juxtaposition of disparate imagery. The goal of each issue is to set up a layout which flirts with meaning and social critique without ever landing at any specific narrative or argument. Lotion never proposes answers but seeks to point out problems and contradictions in our social constructs. Each issue has a loose theme, and sometimes these themes are clear to more of the audience than just the artist.
All issues through issue 5 were created and edited by Pam Butler using her own drawings, paintings and photographs (plus a few found images). Issue 6 adds contributions from the artist Leigh Ledare. Issue 7 (hopefully to be launched in winter/spring ’18) will be the PamTam issue. (A collaborative issue between Butler and the artist Tamara Gonzales a continuation of work they made as a collaborative team in 2011-12).
Issue 1 – Pageants Spring 2015 (46 pages)
Uses photographs Butler made on visits to two different Miss America and a Miss New York State pageant. Interwoven with these images are images which give a since of the world and in particular of America glossed with an artificial reality behind which we are all rather lost, conned, and confused.