David Button moved to Berlin from New York in March of 2010. He works with an amalgamation of materials, employing building techniques from his background as a fabricator of art and architecture. Physically, his works may be considered to be playing with a controlled chaos, but conceptually the work taps into fundamental questions of how we construct our realities. Although Button is working in a multitude of mediums, similarities can certainly be seen in the ways he treats the materials of each project. There is always a combination of elements, at times in a very basic chemical sense, and diametrically opposite materials at others.
In the Oxidation Reduction works, Button is working with iron-based thermite in combination with a variety of materials. The works demonstrate a destructive property in the forces of nature, but also organic qualities found in inorganic architectural artifacts. Although Button is orchestrating the project, he admits that at a certain point he ceases to be in control and chance plays a dominant roll. Whether he is establishing a reference plane with commonly recognized geometry, or simply allowing a line to take its own course, the works have very distinct qualities of unpredictability and power.