Nervous Energy : An exhibition by Kate Russo and Tom Butler


Engine will host an opening reception for “Nervous Energy,” an exhibition of recent work by Kate Russo and Tom Butler, on Friday, May 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk. The show will run through June 22.

Using colored pencil on paper, Russo’s work is an intense, rhythmic mark making, conveying the often relentless repetition present in domestic ornamentation. Butler’s work involves appropriating anonymous photographs, etchings and postcards and incorporating personal symbols such as hair, hoods, and masks painted on the surface with gouache.

“Life and work are always very blurred for Tom and I. Our old white house serves as a home and studios, a giant melting pot of cooking, cleaning, painting, writing, drawing, sleeping, building, pacing, making, looking, thinking, coffee, tea, wine, beer and making a mess and all the rest. We run on a nervous energy,” says Russo, “Though we share a house, a life and many of the same themes, Tom and I are not usually artistic collaborators. This exhibition at the Engine is a chance for our two creative practices, which usually take place in two separate studios, to coexist in one space.”

Kate Russo is a graduate of Colby College and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has exhibited through-out England and Maine, most recently at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial 2012 and the Zeitgeist Art Projects Open in London, 2012. She was listed as an artist to watch by Maine Home and Design Magazine in 2010 and has been featured on many popular art blogs including The Jealous Curator, Art Hound and Booooooom. She will be exhibiting in the upcoming Emerging Artists Show at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art this September.

Tom Butler is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Art, both in London. He has exhibited internationally, including Charlie Smith’s Anthology and the Future Can Wait in London, Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial, and the solo show “Curio” at Charlie Dutton Gallery in London, all in 2012. Butler’s work is in University of Maine Art Museum Collection, as well as private collections in Maine, England, France and Switzerland.

For more information, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either or 207-370-9130.