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 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.