October 1 – November 29, 2018
Rick Buckley is an artist whose work is driven by an interest in myth making, memory perception, metaphysical journeys and dystrophic environments where lines between reality and fiction merge. They utilize a range of mediums, including film/video, installation, sculpture, photography and printed matter.
Mythological expression has long furnished humanity with a means by which to ritualize or scrutinize life experiences, providing tools with which to regard character and behavior at a remove from the clouding influence of personal emotions. The collective nature of mythology, however, might be thought of as a predetermined system of speculation. The body of works within their artistic practice function as metaphysical journeys through ever evolving worlds of signification and surrealism, with their methodology aiming to expand upon pre-existing mythologies.
A recent site-specific intervention, entitled ‘Double Positive’ 2016, involved the filming on location at the monumental land art installation, ‘Double Negative ‘1970, by the artist Michael Heizer. The work consists of a long trench in the earth, 30 feet (9 m) wide, 50 feet (15 m) deep, and 1500 feet (457 m) long. The “negative” in the title thus refers in part to both the natural and man-made negative space that constitutes the work. The work essentially consists of what is not there, what has been displaced. Over the ensuing years, nature appears to be reclaiming the land through a process of erosion and entropy. Therefore the film piece ‘Double Positive’ endeavors in a playful manner to wrestle against this state of entropy.