In 2008, Buck changed his given name (Beck) by a single vowel to represent a work, or act, of art. His approach to artmaking merges cinematic, televisual, and visual art aesthetics and strategies to achieve a singular effect. Buck is most known for his 2D, sculptural, and installation work, and for his precise use of materials, ranging from traditional art supplies to such non-art materials as mortician’s wax, latent fingerprint ink, and gunpowder. His attention to the viewer’s experience of his art, and his privileging of unexpected interpretation, is the heritage of an eclectic list of influences, including Marcel Duchamp and Cady Noland, Robert Bresson and George Romero, the true-crime genre, and the teachings of Jacques Lacan. Buck’s art considers the associative power of contingent images and events, and is understood to be as much an artistic, as psychological process. Buck lives in and works in New York City and far west Texas.
Presented by the School of Art+Design, the Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings to campus noted artists, curators, critics, and historians who share their perspectives and expertise on their own work and provide insight into current issues facing the contemporary artist and designer.
Visual Arts Building | Room 1016
Image: Studio of Robert Buck
Purchase College, SUNY
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