HUNTER BUCK

Recent Works

November 5, 2020 - January 20, 2020

ARTIST STATEMENT

These works investigate the relationship between painting and place.  In contrast to the objective distance and grand romantic visions of much landscape painting, these pieces are firmly rooted in the soil from which they are made.  A one-to-one ratio of objects captured in paint brings impression and semblance to the viewer.  Physical collaboration with raw material merges with emotional reminiscence to create images which evidence the duality of our experience with natural places.

 

Observation, touch, process, and physical engagement coalesce in my paintings and prints to form a dialogue with abstraction, Land Art and Process-Art in order to emphasize that these paintings are connected to a place and time.  These works serve as experiential collections, illuminating moments of artistic clarity inspired by specific sites and moments of contact. 
 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Influenced by the rugged geography of his upbringing in Hawaii and Montana, a trip to Iceland in 2012 (the first of many), marked a critical shift toward works that more directly explore physical collaboration with place.  Many of the resulting pieces become intimately site-specific in their details, like the repeated Coconut palm fronds of Holualoa 08 and 09, made outside his childhood home in Hawaii.  While others, like the Fracture series, become amalgamations of place and experience through the combination of textures, patterns, and shapes committed to memory.

 

Hunter Buck (b. 1987 in  Bozeman, MT) received an MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017 and a BFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in 2012.  His work includes and combines printmaking, painting, drawing, and photography.  He has exhibited in Japan, Germany, France, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York, Anglim/Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, IL.

The gallery at Foundry Vineyards opened in 2010 and has been fortunate to exhibit artists such as Deborah Butterfield, Ai Weiwei, Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, Matthew Day Jackson, Rob Pruitt, James Lavadour, and more. In the gallery, we aim to exhibit a diverse group of established artists, mediums, and concepts predominantly in the vein of contemporary art. 

The gallery hosts quarterly exhibits. Though the dates are subject to change, art openings typically occur in February, May, August, and November and are co-curated by owners Lisa & Jay Anderson. The Foundry Vineyards gallery is not open for artist inquiries, however the Andersons believe strongly in collaborations and are open to ideas from art and humanities focused organizations. 

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Hunter Buck

Holualoa 09, 2020 Acrylic and enamel on canvas Holualoa 08, 2020 Acrylic and enamel on canvas Ohi’a Lehua, 2020 Acrylic and enamel on canvas