Lotion is a mooreartpress209 magazine, coming out sometimes quarterly, sometimes biannual 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. Issues of lotion don’t engage answers but suggests problems and glimpses at holes in our social constructs. Each issue will have a loose theme.
All issues to date have been created and edited by Pam Butler using her own drawings, paintings and photographs (with a few found images thrown in for good luck). In the near future Butler hopes to do collaborative issues with other artists.
Lotion Issue 5 – Hangdoggy Go Go Winter 2017 (52 pages)
Issue 5 began with a drawing Butler found when going through journal’s from her 20s – a line of beleaguered droopy stick figures with the word go repeated underneath. These figures along with an image of a dying chrysanthemum form a rhythm which runs though through this issue. Older drawings and notes from Butler’s old journals mix with photos from a county fair, from bereft window displays, and a found image of a face melted by white phosphorous in the Iraq war and other photos. Towards the end of issue 5, there are two images of a couple in a small town park. She knits, he stares at the camera. In the second image a woman in a burka walks past them.