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Luke Butler goes where no artist has gone before

Landing Party II
Landing Party II
Luke Butler, courtesy OCMA

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Luke Butler's paintings in this year's biennial focuses exclusively on one of the most popular television series in history: Star Trek. And through the show he weaves a complicated quilt that intersects anguish and fear with masculinity and heroism, not to mention the Captain himself, James T Kirk.

From the OCMA bio: Born 1971 in San Francisco; lives and works in San Francisco. Butler attended the Cooper Union School of Art (BFA, 1994), and California College of the Arts (MFA, 2008). He has had solo exhibitions at Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles; Second Floor Projects and Silverman Gallery, both in San Francisco, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at ABC No Rio, New York; Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Eagle Tavern, San Francisco.