lotion issue 11 – You Made It All Up

Lotion Issue 11 - You Made It All Up

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Lotion Issue 11 – You Made It All Up (52 Pages) – Winter/Spring 2024

Pam Butler collaborated with the visual artist and musician Zeljko McMullen to create a fantasy both dark, humorous, and hallucinogenic. Moving from the warm colors of a spring day in the first 1/2 to the cool dark of the city at night in the second 1/2.  It flits unstably from one subject to the next like a mind ambling from subject to subject as it roams through a day that swings from a country landscape to a full moon over junkyard fence, from a smiley faced ballon abandoned in a toilet stall to raccoons copulating with a dog.

lotion issue 11 - Fin in Tub
lotion issue 11 - For Sale

lotion issue 10 – Past Lives

Lotion Issue 10 - Past Lives

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Lotion Issue 10 – Past Lives (52 pages) – Summer 2023
Butler worked on this issue with her longtime friend and mentor, Allen Frame. For both of them poetry is often a part of their practice and they have at times taken poetry workshops together. When the possibility of collaborating on an issue of Lotion came up including their poetry into the mix with their photographic images seemed a given. With this mixture of picture and words a sense of each artists awareness of aging comes to the fore. An overall haunted quality pervades the issue as it investigates what it means to live many lives inside of any single individual life.

Lotion Issue 10
Lotions Issue 10

lotion issue 9 – Date Night

Lotion Issue 9 - Date Night

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Lotion Issue 9 – Date Night (52 pages)
Issue #9 “Date Night” is an illustration of the depravity found at the intersection of artist Alex Blag’s instagram images and text messages collaged with artist Pam Butler’s images of dead and blown up bodies, princesses and beauty queens, scribbled musings, and insects. Insect bites, cow tongues, a shark, and abandoned dolls are set against a backdrop of worn out suburbia and its inherent loneliness. Included are text messages from a brief virtual affair Alex was having during Butler and Blag’s collaboration and a photo of Alex’s son making out with a statue.

Lotion Issue 9 - spread

Lotion Issue 9 - spread

Presidents and Beauty Queens

Presidents and Beauty Queens


56 pages Risograph print in 12 colors
Softcover, 8″ x 10″
Edition of 100 copies

A Copy Shop residency publication
Printed by Endless Editions
with special thanks to Paul John

Pam Butler’s work as an artist from her Good Girl Poster project of the 1990s  to her work with Beauty Pageants and with iconic paintings of women from the Western Art Cannon has focused on the female and the visual vocabulary used to enforce a female’s expected place in the social order. Her new project, which she has just begun to develop, “Who’s The Prettiest of All,” juxtaposes against this lexicon of the female imagery that denotes masculine stereotypes and masculine social myths. In this pairing she is exploring how the arch of gendered stereotypes and norms serve as a defining and controlling mechanism of the overall culture.

This project began its exploration of male stereotypes with portraits of the 45 American Presidents (all male to date). “Who’s The Prettiest of All”  works with these portraits of the presidents as the counter to imagery in her “The Miss America Pageant” series which depicts contestants from that pageant circuit. This book, Presidents and Beauty Queens, takes scans of her drawings and watercolors of both the contestants and the presidents and mixes them with found imagery to develop a biting commentary on power and sexuality in contemporary culture.

Presidents and Beauty Queens, pages 16-17
Presidents and Beauty Queens, pages 18-19

lotion issue 8 – Be A Happy Person

Lotion Issue 8 - Be A Happy Person


Lotion Issue 8 – Be A Happy Person (52 pages)
For issue #8 of Lotion Pam Butler asked her friend Lisa Levy to collaborate. Both Butler and Levy had seen the over lap in their work since Lisa first introduced herself to Butler at an event at Studio10.

In mixing and collaging works from Levy’s word painting series “The Thoughts In My Head” with their cutting irony and self debasing phrases with her own work Butler achieved an issue that screams of low self esteem mixed with cutting social commentary and an edge that almost borders on cruel. A Levy line reads “If I’ve never offended you, we’re not that close.” and a note pulled from an old sketch book of Butler’s reads “I’ll do whatever you want me to do just so you’ll like me”. Words, found, written & painted mingle with peeing dogs, smiley faces, ducks, bunny rabbits and an image taken from the shower scene in Psycho and found posted on the street one halloween.

Lotion Issue 8 - spread 5

Lotion Issue 8 - spread 4

lotion issue 7 – the PamTam issue

Lotion #7 cover


Lotion Issue 7 – the PamTam issue (52 pages)
Starting with s group of collaborative drawings that Pam Butler and Tamara Gonzales did sometime around 2012 issue 7 adds photographs Butler took at or near the house Gonzales had at the time in Walton NY. As much as a residence Gonzales’ home was an installation of Gonzales’ art collection, doll, taxidermied animals and knick knack collections all reconfigured into a Gonzales art installation which Butler often photographed on her visits there. Added to these are photographs from the local county fair, a few additional drawings by Butler and photographs by Gonzales. All laid out into an issue that is both whimsical and angry, effusive and defaced, sweet and pornographic, exposed and defiantly vulnerable.

Lotion #7, spread 1

Lotion #7, spread 2

Lotion Issue 6 – Infected Fall 2017

Lotion #6 cover


Lotion Issue 6 – Infected Fall 2017 (52 pages)
This issue of Lotion was inspired by a history of image sharing via text messages between Pam Butler and the artist Leigh Ledare which often would include a needling of each other to come up with more outrageous or gross pictures. Using a group of photographs taken by each artist and found images that came from the projects each were working on at the time. (Ledare’s project “The Plot” for the Chicago Art Institute and Butler’s show “As Object” curated by LeDare at Baxter Street at CCNY in NYC – both fall of ’17) Butler developed issue 6.

For her starting point she used a picture Ledare took of a port-o-potty next to a billboard advertising pinworm medicine in a Hassidic section of Brooklyn. Vintage porn mix with found images of beauty queens, descriptions of pinworms and how they spread are followed by road kill pictures of rats and somewhere a theme of flying, ballistic missiles and someone playing ping-pong with their dick create a not necessarily optimistic take on the state of the current moment.

Lotion #6, pages 22-23
Lotion #6, pages 40-41

The Good Girl Book

Good Girl Book Cover


Black & White, 256 pages, Softcover, 8½ x 11 x 1 in
Printed in an edition of 1,000 copies

(For information on the limited editon of the book contact mooreartpress209.)

Using the “girlish” perspective artist Pam Butler developed in her street posters “Good Girl Project” she builds The Good Girl Book into a relentless, ironic and humorous critique of the fears and fantasies that continue to dominate our cultural dialogue as well as our personal self awareness.

The “Good Girl Project” was a series of posters plastered on city streets in the 1990s. Using bold marker lines in her signature cartoonish style the project was a public meditation on a search for self in our world of the prepackaged, homogenized and stereotyped. These drawings, mostly of women, were mixed with words and phrases such as “good girl,” “slut,” “bitch,” and “suppose I was very beautiful.” (The Daily news said of Butler at the time “she makes you think, actually think as you walk down the street.”)

The book picks up where this project left off delving deeper into the internal madness wrought by contemporary imagery and messaging. New material is added, such as drawings of astronauts, and “cute” forest animals along with scattered text, and ephemera from the street project, bringing new layers of angst to the original material. The original posters appear in the book cropped manipulated and collaged, or sometimes left just as drawn. Photos of the posters as installed on city streets, also cropped, collaged and as taken, keep the book grounded in the original grit of it’s source as an intervention in public space.

Good Girl Book Spread 1
Good Girl Book Spread 2

Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair

Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair
In conjunction with Blonde Art Books featuring of her Good Girl Book at the Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair in July 2016 Butler did a large wall installation. This installation was composed of images from the Good Girl Book as well as drawings and laser prints which focused on the themes in the Good Girl Book and Good Girl Project and were made especially for this installation.

Really True

Really True Cover


What is true, really true? What is true value? And Fake? This little book plays with the word true, trying to locate it but not. And for awhile it flirts with fake, fake princess (a picture of an early 60s Miss America with Ivanka Trump’s face super imposed over it). It ends with the word hysterical.

40 pages 5.5” x 8.5”
xerox with laser printed cover.

Really True

Mrs. Trotsky

Mrs. Trotsky Cover


Visiting the Trotsky house in Mexico City Butler became fascinated by Mrs. Trotsky. Where was she, how did she feel, when Trotsky was engaged in an affair with Frida Khalo. From where did she muster her strengths as her children and then her husband were killed by Stalin and his agents. A brilliant and beautiful woman seen by history only through the story of her husband.

This book is made from photos I took at the Trotsky house, including pictures from the garden as well as the bullet hole covered wall of the first murder attempt and pictures of the ice pick that ultimately was the successful weapon that took her husband’s life. I have used found images pulled from the web to further flesh out the story.

40 pages 5.5” x 8.5”
xerox with laser printed cover.

Mrs Trotsky Spread

I Am Very Beautiful

I Am Very Beautiful Cover


A running theme through much of Butler’s work has been affirmation phrases. She finds in these phrases a scream for things to be otherwise – the wish that if I say so it can be so. If I think I’m ugly I can make myself feel otherwise by repeating the opposite. If I am poor I can convince myself I’m about to become rich just by saying a phrase such as “My positive money thoughts are coming true.” They play into the eternal wish to not be who or where we are. That we can rub our ruby slippers and be elsewhere and otherwise. That the circumstances of our life can be controlled by assuming the correct positive mind set.

This small book uses the phrase “I Am Very Beautiful” to play around with the perversity at the heart of this way of wishful thinking.

28 pages 5.5” x 8.5”
xerox with laser printed cover

I Am Very Beautiful Spread