Butch Anthony is an artist not easily defined. As a collector of seemingly random and bizarre objects, he transforms what some might call junk into eerily beautiful artworks, many of which are on display in his Museum of Wonder—a barn full of curiosities on his 80-acre family property, where he resides in Seale, Alabama.
This property, which is now somewhat of a folk-art compound, is where at fourteen he began making birdhouses and stuffing his own taxidermy. His first building, a little log cabin, eventually became his shop. Also on this property is his hand-built home, made from the stones and timber of an old local cotton mill, and recently featured in The New York Times.
He went from being a tinkerer to a career artist when his long-time friend, John Henry
Toney, dug up a turnip with a human likeness. After Toney’s drawing of the turnip was sold in a local shop, Butch decided to channel his creative spirit and give art a try himself. His work encompases a number of different techniques and mediums - from small welded metal sculptures, to giant, complex mixed-media collages. He calls his specific genre of work “intertwangelisms” the term itself being another of his unique creations.
His skeletonized photographs and bone paintings have become acclaimed both regionally and internationally, with galleries in Portland, Oregon; Marfa, Texas; Amsterdam; London; and Germany regularly displaying his work. Butch recently had his first solo museum show, Vita Post Mortum at the Akron Museum in Ohio. We are eager to introduce him to San Francisco.
Alabama on Alabama is a month-long journey to the soul of the modern South, held in the Boiler Room and showroom at Heath SF. Refined, raw and radical, the modern South connects place, people, process, and tradition in a way that cuts across geography and time.
The show features one-of-a-kind work by Natalie Chanin along with surprising, provocative work by Butch Anthony, photography and light paintings by Rinne Allen, and works on paper by outsider artist Mr. John Henry Toney. It kicks off with a Southern-themed opening celebration; a trunk show hosted by Natalie Chanin featuring Alabama Chanin’s one-of-a-kind items; a special talk and workshop featuring long-time friends and collaborators Natalie and Catherine Bailey, owner and Creative Director at Heath; and a talk and slideshow chronicling southern culture by Rinne Allen.
Delve deep into the soul of the South (without the heat or humidity).