Unlike the candy colored paintings of Warhol or the
shiny-new manufactured sculptures of Jeff Koons, a newer generation of
artists have created bodies of work reflecting a bleaker vision of
popular culture today. Artists David Buckingham, Timothy Buckwalter and
Greg Miller use their own tools, superior craftsmanship and social
commentary to bring us artwork with insight, intelligence, humor and a
dark aesthetic that is long overdue for recognition.
Buckingham’s found metal sculptures capture his lawless-artist
intellect and the use of industrialist materials and impeccable
craftsmanship are reminiscent of days long ago. His works are crude,
primitive and smart. Characterized by his meticulous arrangement of
tattered, found metal into unexpected rectilinear and curvilinear
sculptures-some strictly with shapes and others with provocative
language. The density, texture and construction of these sculptures
exhibit his superior workmanship and range of talent as an artist.
an emphasis on storytelling as a universal form of human
self-understanding, Timothy Buckwalter's paintings blend together
images from the recent past to consistently create stories and
statements of anxiety, desire, idiocy, anger, joy and fear. Drawings
from magazine illustrations, cartoons and comic strips are appropriated
from their original source for the paintings and drawings. Using design
software on a computer, Buckwalter recombines and edits the images into
new narratives. From there, Buckwalter prints the bits out and repaints
them by hand on to kinetic fields of color.
large scale sepia toned paintings, Greg Miller documents weathered
words and images that evoke nostalgia. Muddied colors and cultural
images are layered, juxtaposed, and abstracted to develop the narrative
qualities of celebrated symbols and icons. Miller encapsulates this
mythology of American vintage history in oil paint and surfboard resin
to preserve and fossilize the images and to address an inner
association with a piece of America’s past.