"We Are Still Searching..." Tay Butler

“We Are Nevertheless Exploring…” by artist Tay Butler is the 1st installation in “YardWorks,” a new collaboration amongst Public Art UHS and the UH College of Artwork to give nearby emerging artists publicity in the community art environment.

Rontaye "Tay" Butler

Tay Butler is a 2019 graduate of the UH images and electronic media program.

Public Art of the University of Houston Method (Community Art UHS) and the UH School of Art are assisting Houston-centered rising artists get their perform acknowledged in a general public placing. “YardWorks” is a new system supposed to give these artists an early-vocation chance to exhibit site-distinct installations in the coronary heart of the UH Arts District.

Rontaye “Tay” Butler, a 2019 graduate of the UH pictures and digital media program, is the initial artist to showcase his get the job done, “We Are Nonetheless Searching…” (2019). The 12-foot-tall plywood billboard collage is on perspective by way of December at the Louise J. Moran Wonderful Arts Courtyard at the UH Great Arts setting up and adjacent to Blaffer Artwork Museum. While Butler’s piece was accomplished two many years ago, it has considering the fact that been refabricated and reworked into some thing much more strong for “YardWorks.”

“‘YardWorks’ is a concrete way for General public Art UHS to assistance emerging artists in Houston who are interested in displaying their get the job done in the community sphere,” described María C. Gaztambide, General public Art UHS director and main curator. “The system will support selected artists from notion growth to fabrication to installation, when connecting them to Community Art’s curators, School of Art faculty and other community artwork practitioners.”

“We Are Nonetheless Searching…” revisits the Wonderful Migration of 6 million African People out of the rural South to metropolitan areas in the North, Midwest and West, as perfectly as the remigration to the South.

“It’s about this continual motion and how folks, specially individuals who are Black, are making an attempt to come across what dwelling is,” spelled out Butler, whose possess spouse and children remaining Mississippi in the 1950s for Wisconsin, which is wherever he grew up before relocating to Houston. Butler’s venture characteristics multiple plates of weathered, classic Coca-Cola and cigarette commercials – from aged journals of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, as well as billboards inspired by his travels on the highway.

“I am imagining about trains, Greyhound buses and automobiles that are moving from north to south, south to Midwest, east to west. These billboards commemorate time,” Butler added.

Those people who visit the installation can scan a QR code which brings up a sound collage that mimics altering stations to new frequencies as one travels from metropolis to metropolis. The seem piece has commercials, interviews and audio from multiple eras.

“Tay’s get the job done tells an essential story in a attractive and refined way,” reported David Politzer, director, UH University of Art. “His pictures are in discussion with a person an additional – there’s a great deal to interpret right here. They convey to an autobiographical story that spans generations of hunting for a put to get in touch with ‘home.’”

Politzer and Gaztambide are scheduling for “YardWorks” to be a biennial software in purchase to permit the assortment and commissioning processes time to mature. Take a look at the Community Artwork UHS internet site to find out a lot more.