Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2016-17

(Clare, MI)Dietmar Krumrey and Kyle Butler

Dietmar Krumrey Biography

Dietmar Krumrey is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator, with degrees in literature and visual art; and is the co-founder of Lost Coast Culture Machine, an experimental exhibition space and sustainable papermaking studio in northern California. Krumrey’s performances have been screened across the US and Europe, and his sculptures and prints are exhibited both regionally and nationally. He is the recipient of several grants for arts education in the public schools, and his collaborative curatorial projects have shared the work of over 120 artists and artist collectives. Krumrey’s work is reliably concerned with paradox, absurdity, communication, and transcendence, and is focused on the mortal stakes of ethics, aesthetics, ideology, and action. He currently teaches writing and literature at Central Michigan University.

Kyle Butler Biography

Kyle Butler is a multimedia artist from Michigan, currently living and working in Buffalo. His work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center of Buffalo State College, and his paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been exhibited widely in the western New York region, including solo exhibitions at Buffalo Arts Studio, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, and Exhibit A of Corning, NY. In 2014, Butler was commissioned by Heather Pesanti of The Contemporary Austin to execute a large-scale, 12-hour performance piece on the grounds of Toronto City Hall for the Nuit Blanche festival in Toronto. Past publications include features in New American Paintings and on NPR’s All Things Considered, and over the last two years, Butler has served as co-curator of Amid/In WNY, a seven-part survey of contemporary art in western New York at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. He received his BFA in painting from Central Michigan University and his MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo. Kyle Butler is represented by Nina Freudenheim Gallery, curates at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, and teaches art at Villa Maria College and New York State Summer School for the Arts.

Project Description

"Third person plural": Three doors in an empty space and bodies, and the rhythms of opening, shutting, appearance and retreat. Hanging open: we ask ourselves, "Just how many emergencies are there? What rule now?" Slamming shut: we come to accept any number of presumptions, and openly draw our conclusions. Tools as props and props as prompts, a grammar develops among our constructions and repeated gestures, from our blatant symbols into their tactile release. Two at work, in and out, somewhere between the holy moments and ad nauseam.