The Central Collective

923 N. Central St. Knoxville, TN


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First Friday: leftovers with Robmat Butler


This is a new body of work that is beginning to explore our relationship with the environment and how it could potentially shape our future. The work is influenced by thoughts of nostalgia and place, human consumption and its implications, and what the consequences of our behaviors might be. The dioramas imagine a fragmented, desolate future after the collapse of technology and civilization. They are visions of what remains, how we may adapt and how we could rebuild from the leftovers.


Robmat Butler, a graduate of The University of Tennessee’s MFA program in
sculpture, lives and works in Knoxville, TN.  He received a BFA in Studio Arts with a
minor in Art History from The University of South Florida.  In addition to being the
preparator at The Knoxville Museum of Art, Robmat is an active contemporary artist,
whose work has been shown both nationally and internationally.  His work has, most
recently, been included in Miami’s Art Basel and featured in The Foosaner Art
Museum’s show Naval Gazing.  Robmat also collaborates with Barron Hall as The Art
Team, building site specific, large scale installations. Butler also works as a freelance
fabricator while pursuing an interest in curating local and regional art events.