Bound | Ruta Butkute

3 November – 16 December 2023 | Opening 3 November from 7 – 9 pm | performance 7.30 pm

With Bound artist Ruta Butkute shows her second exhibition at Movement Exposed Gallery Space. For the occasion of the opening Butkute brings the sculptural performance Half Hitch to Utrecht. This ode to Gerrit Rietveld and interpretation of his Zig Zag-chair (1934) is performed by Yurie Umamoto.

Ruta Butkute is known for her sculptural choreographic research and has embarked on a project exploring porcelain as a medium for painting. These monumental “paintings,” combined with a multimedia installation titled “Bound,” push the boundaries of artistic expression. She meticulously experiments with porcelain and within it the possibilities of movement, transformation, fracture, melting, shrinkage, expansion and solidity. By distinguishing between accidental events and intentional results, Butkute aims to perceive the creation of materiality in a new way.

By setting the material in motion and guiding its transformation into new forms, Butkute’s body becomes like an imprint on the clay, reflecting every action of her hands. Butkute sees the creation of sculpture as a process that emerges from bodily actions in spaces, as well as from architectural relationships that inspire movement and sculpture.

Half Hitch was originally conceived for Rietveld Huis Cordemeyer Apeldoorn in 2016.

Half Hitch Ruta Butkute 1

Photo: Ruta Butkute

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