All my life I’ve loved words.
I’ve loved the way certain words roll of your tongue. Other words, when shouted at me in a fit of rage, still really get to me.
I love the ways can be combined into a narrative. Into a novel. Into a movie. Into a love song.
Over the years, I spent many a moment writing press release for films and creating press kits for art events (yes, I was a publicist), so I’m kind of a stickler for proper grammar. But I don’t let that get in the way of my enjoying the simplicity of words. The way they can just flow.
That said, it only seems natural that I’m drawn to text-based art. Here’s an exhibition swimming in the obsessiveness of repeated phrases and ideas as well as a vibrancy of colors. Enjoy.
For the past 25 years, appropriation and mimesis artist Timothy Buckwalter has been remixing found imagery to produce works that explore the echoing of effigies through time — how images and ideals from the past are still present and active today.
As a teenager growing up near Philadelphia in the early ’80s, he discovered hip hop and post-punk. Buckwalter spent his adolescence getting paid to dj parties and finish his friend’s high school art assignments.
While in art school he was in an incredibly unpopular noise band, and co-organized with Robert Curcio (of Pulse Art Fair fame) their college’s first performance art events. After a brief stint answering phone queries and responding to complaints about art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he sold his record collection and moved to California.
His paintings are in numerous corporate collections as well as the holdings of the Oakland Museum of California. Over the last decade, Buckwalter has organized exhibitions online – including Eyebeam’s Add-Art project and SFMOMA’s OpenSpace – as well as in the physical world. He is currently the gallery director of NIAD Art Center, a contemporary studio arts program that assists adult artists with disabilities.
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