John Buck: Iconography + Kinetic Sculpture

July 22, 2010 - January 9, 2011

Work from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.  Organized by the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, Washington.

Over the past four decades, artist John Buck has created a large and important body of work made up of woodblock prints, rubbings, sculpture and three-dimensional wood panels.  Tough-minded and visually complex, Buck’s art is saturated with a deep richness of images, icons, symbols, motifs and an intensely lyrical and authentic evocation of both the natural and the social worlds.

A master carver, all of the artist’s work is grounded first in wood carving and then expands toward large and unique woodblock prints, monumental wood sculpture and unusually colorful, shadowbox-like wood panels.

Comprised of over 50 artworks, including a few pieces from Buck’s little-known series of glass jars, this exhibition is the first large-scale museum survey of the artist’s work since 1993.  It also includes a strong educational element, featuring several raw printing blocks and prints in different states that illuminate Buck’s printing process.

In addition to this national traveling exhibition, the artist will install several of his large-scale kinetic sculptures exclusively here at the YAM.

About the Artist
John Buck was born in Ames, Iowa.  He studied with Roy De Forest, William T. Wiley, Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri at the University of California, Davis and out of these fertile roots developed an authentic, resonant, lyrical voice – a voice unmistakably his own.  He currently divides his time between a ranch in Bozeman, Montana and studios on the island of Hawaii, together with his wife, artist Deborah Butterfield.

An exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase.

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