Buck / Native
August 15th - August 29th
The primordial search for meaning, from ancient cultures to today’s artists, unearths overlapping connections to elemental means of expression. Walking back through “the path of the artist to (her) work” (Emerson), to its moment of conception and before, one is immersed in a molten sea of impulses that exist prior to language, and which language can only invoke but not capture. It is the shaman, or the artist, who reaches into the time before time has meaning, to bring forth meaning and suggestions of meaning into the everyday world. Thus...., the commonality of all cultures reaching for spirituality and significance for the human condition.
Therefore, we offer the pairing of Buck’s protean forms of spirit, animism, sexuality, wonderland fantasy and dark fairy tales, with the Native art of Papua New Guinea, the most exotic place place on the planet, with its time warp presence of ancient forms of worship and ritual expressed in the media of nature, that express the basic human impulses that define life then, here and there, and in the present day.