In Latin, chroma defines colour, yet in Damien Butler's latest exhibition at Martin Browne Contemporary, the term is returned to its ancient Greek origins where chroma refers to the shell or visible skin of an object.
Here Butler explores the ancient Greek etymology of chroma by emphasising the complexion of an object in relation to its surface. Through these works, the viewer is positioned to use the work as an instrument to reconfigure the environment around them.
Damien Butlers practice questions perception, the process of translation, possibilities of varying views
and perspectives with the relationship between an object's functional characteristics and the space it occupies. On a fundamental level, he engages people to pay greater attention to the environment we live in.
Damien’s sculptures have been installed in various sites in Australia and 2013 saw Damien complete numerous major commissions. One work is a permanent installation at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices in Sydney, another was a commission for the bequest of Dr Herny Schapper in Bridgetown, Western Australia.
Press release courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary.