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 6 – Infected Fall 2017 (52 pages)
This issue of Lotion was inspired by a history of image sharing via text messages between Pam Butler and the artist Leigh Ledare which often would include a needling of each other to come up with more outrageous or gross pictures. Using a group of photographs taken by each artist and found images that came from the projects each were working on at the time. (Ledare’s project “The Plot” for the Chicago Art Institute and Butler’s show “As Object” curated by LeDare at Baxter Street at CCNY in NYC – both fall of ’17) Butler developed issue 6.
For her starting point she used a picture Ledare took of a port-o-potty next to a billboard advertising pinworm medicine in a Hassidic section of Brooklyn. Vintage porn mix with found images of beauty queens, descriptions of pinworms and how they spread are followed by road kill pictures of rats and somewhere a theme of flying, ballistic missiles and someone playing ping-pong with their dick create a not necessarily optimistic take on the state of the current moment.