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).
Lotion Issue 4 – Not Christmas Spring, Summer, Fall 2016 (52 pages)
“Not Christmas”, issue 4 of lotion, takes the 3 seasons not covered in the winter ’16 issue (#3), spring, summer & fall and moves through them sequentially. Layered overtop of the seasons is the pathos of things being not quite right, not really working out. Scraps of paper with lists and notes, pages pulled from Butler’s old journals and drawings are collaged with seasonally appropriate photos – daffodils on the front cover, a drunk laying in fallen leaf strewn grass on the back cover, and in the middle is a photo of a beach, empty save for rows of trash cans and beach parking signs.