Ken Butler re-visits a childhood obsession with exotic racing car prototypes and model building and presents a 40ft. slot car track along with a stable of 1/32nd scale “hybrid” slot cars constructed from found objects.
In addition, a suite of detailed drawings elaborate this theme, along with other works that extend the artist’s ongoing exploration of sound and image installations. Bicycles, pianos, projectors, musical chairs, racing cars, and dinosaurs are subjected to transformation and re-construction.
Also, the artist presents a sit-down race-driving simulator (with steering wheel and pedals) utilizing a Playstation 2 and Grand Turismo 4.
While in high school in Portland, Oregon, the artist won a first-in-state award from The Fischer Body Company Craftsman’s Guild for the design and construction of a sports car prototype, laboriously carved from sugar pine. He had dreams of going to Europe to work with high-end automobile design firms like Pininfarina, Bertone, Zagato, and the like.
In the Project Space