'Effort Graph', 2015, mixed media, sculptural installation with video, 10 x 4 x 2.2 m, gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam
'Effort Graph', 2015, mixed media, sculptural installation with video, 2 x 3 x 2.2 m, gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam. Photo by Gert Jan van Rooij
'Pike, Straddle,Tuck', 2014, mixed media, sculptural installation, 4 x 2.5 x 1.8 m, RijksakademieOPEN 2014, Amsterdam. Photo by Gert Jan van Rooij
The world of objects is deeply anthropocentric. The qualities and characteristics of an object depend on its role and status in the human world. The industrial marks on its skin tell of its birth for utilitarian purposes. Ruta Butkute attempts to liberate objects from their functional identity. She wants them to stop being chairs or boxes and just be material. She strives for them to be natural.
Butkute’s installation invites viewers to relate to objects in a new and different way, as in a new order. Some of the sculptures are ceramic forms devoid of any use or reference. They have been combined with ready-mades that have been transformed and stripped of meaning using the most minimal modifications possible. 'Sculptural videos' of repetitive, almost hypnotic actions bring the everyday objects to life as performers. Even the title of the work, Pike, Straddle, Tuck, is in a sense a ready-made that – outside its usual context of gymnastics - acquires the quality of an autonomous sound.
Image 1 / 3 'Candle', 2014, video still
'Building 403 & Tree 187', video still, 2013, Swing Space residency by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), New York
The video is a capture of the historical coastguard buildings on Governors Island, New York. This short experimental film functions as visual thoughts and experiences of Governors island. The artist refers to her use of the medium as “sculptural video”, she is looking for physical forms and textures in the surroundings which are open for interaction and possibly have transformative qualities. A sense of physicality and a continuous tension between architectural and natural forms are characteristic to the work. Butkute sees her videos as a research of the visual relation between functional and free (non-functional) form. Through often simple transformations of looking a sense of the poëtic language of space is revealed.