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When Butch met Viktor

When Butch met Viktor

Black Rat Project’s latest exhibition revolves around an imagined meeting between polar opposite artists, Butch Anthony and Dr. Viktor Schroeder.

“When Butch met Viktor” focuses on the fictitious conversations that occurred during this meeting, and presents artworks each created in the reflective aftermath of the idea exchange.

Butch Anthony is an artist not easily defined, who collects bizarre objects and transforms them into strangely beautiful art for one of America’s favorite roadside attractions, his “Museum of Wonder.” His hand-built home was featured in the NY Times, and is built from stones and the timber of an old cotton mill, elegantly decorated with Anthony's own artworks.

Butch resides on his 80-acre family property, a folk-art compound in Seale Alabama, his artistic spirit sees him apply his talents to a number of different modes and mediums, and he calls his specific genre of work “intertwangelism” - an ism of his own creation.

Viktor Schroeder was born in Hamburg in 1946. He studied medicine and became a general practitioner in a small village in the mountainous Harz region of Germany. In his mid-twenties Schroeder suffered a psychological breakdown following the death of Anja Roth, a nine year old girl he had tragically misdiagnosed.  Although an atheist Schroeder describes his breakdown as being ‘religious’ in nature.

Now 83 years old, Schroeder still lives in a village beneath the Harz Mountains where he continues to create works and build his collection. It is only recently due to a chance encounter that his remarkable body of work has been discovered.

“When Butch met Viktor” private view Thursday July 18th, 6-9 pm

Exhibition runs from July 18th to August 8th
Monday to Friday 10 – 6pm, Saturday 12 - 5pm, 15 Bateman Street, w1d 3aq

For inquiries or a PDF of available work please contact: tiffany@blackrat.com

See you next week!

Best wishes,
BRP