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 2 – Étant Donné Fall 2015 (46 pages)
For the 2nd issue of Lotion, Butler took her work in deconstructing icons of the female figure in the modern art cannon, in this issue using Duchamp’s Étant Donné, around which to weave together a contemplation on the female in art as sexualized object scrutinized by and for the masculine gaze. The perspective is personal and feminist as it delves into various aspects of this very complicated piece. Butler uses not just the figure but other symbolic imagery (gaslight, waterfall, etc.) within this work to explore what she sees as her relationship to this piece and it’s seminal importance in post modern art.