brian1986

Artist Proof: Brian Butler aka Brian1986 is an artist, designer & pro miniature golfer from Boston, Massachusetts. His obsessive interest in kitschy roadside culture has led him across Massachusetts on an 87-stop tour of every miniature golf course in the state. His passion for the bizarre has also fueled a worldwide campaign advocating the existence of the half human, half ice cream hybrid, the Ice Cream Person.

When Brian isn’t on the green, he can be found by his computer, making graphics for bands. He has had the pleasure of working for the Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Motley Crue, Dropkick Murphys, and The Police. As will as many other culturally significant bands including Dan Deacon, Japanther, Lightining Bolt, and Big D and the Kids Table.

Artsprojekt: What inspires your art?

Brian: My work is heavily influenced by ice cream, music, miniature golf. Most of the time I’m making stuff for bands, otherwise I can be found drawing giant gorillas and lobsters.  


The only known footage of the half ice cream, half human hybrid.

AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work?

Brian:
I like to work responsively to my environment. I’ve been traveling a ton recently, so my sketchbooks have been loaded with images of totem poles, gators, girls, and cartoons. 

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My contribution to Faesthetic #12 included one incarnation of the Megacourse, as well as a couple closet skeleton manifestations from the course.

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AP: Describe your first experience of making art and how it affected your life’s journey

Brian:
Album art and skateboard graphics gave me hope for a future in art. I used to love getting CCS catalogs in the mail, and mimic my favorite graphics. Going to the record store felt like visiting a gallery. White Zombie had the best album art. 
 
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Album art and packaging for Zombifying Venom, a brutal band spawned from the ashes of As the Sun Sets and Umbrella, in Providence, RI. In respect of their song, “I’ll administer my own flux capacitor, thank you very much” there is a secret Delorean hidden under the CD.

AP: Describe your most recent experience of making art.

Brian:
I’ve been crafting obstacles for a miniature golf hole that I’m making with a good friend. And I’m looking forward to working really big on a collaborative mural with some friends in Brooklyn. 

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At first glance the images above may appear identical, however, upon closer inspection one might find the ice cream on the right to be slightly more alive.

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Bozo was one of the first Ice Cream People to enter my life. My encounter with him and his peer “The Douglas Ice Cream Lady Guy” led to the creation of this Ice Cream Adventure. On the right lives the Cambridge Gelato Man. He is often found lurking colorful alleyways.
 
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist

Brian: My days are dictated by my email. If there is an assignment in the inbox, I’ll do it.  If I’m all caught up, then I’ll spend the day working on a personal project. Make a zine, a painting, a skeleton astronaut.

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The Megacourse is the all-inclusive miniature golf destination. As thoughts are accumulated on the green, the Mega-course manifests apprehensions of each thought and forces the player to defeat the newly-acquired obstacle. Only the most focused, self confident, player can defeat the Megacourse.

AP: What are you currently working on or up to?

Brian:  I have work in “Draw Drawings Everyday” at the Washington Art Center, Boston MA. (http://snowproject.org/public-events-calendar/) It opens this Saturday from 6-9pm.

Then another group show in Brooklyn NY at the Lucky Gallery (http://luckygallery.com/) called “Anatomically Incorrect”. Anastasia Akulinina/Kaerfkrahs, Downer, Faro, Scott Ferguson, Fish McGill, Maxwell Piersol, Cardon Webb, Eunjeong Yoo, and I will be working to create a giant collaborative mural in the space. The reception at Lucky Gallery will be the following Saturday, January 16th.Then I’m moving to Miami FL at the end of the month. Open letter to any artists who want to have a South Beach Drawing-Party, hit me up!

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