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Lesley Heller Workspace is pleased to present Bird lands\, the new series of paintings and watercolors by Ken Buhler.  Wh ile reading through copies of Audubon Magazine that his son had collected\, Buhler found himself transfixed and inspired by the peculiar and poetic bi rd names he encountered. Roseate Spoonbill. Antennae Satinbill. Superb Lyre bird. Rainbow Lorikeet. Responding to these\, Buhler was able to tap into a rich world of color and form.While the natural world has always provided m aterial for his abstract work\, for the first time in this body of painting s\, Buhler felt free to draw images directly from the outside world. Forms\ , often botanical or decorative in nature\, which were once merely catalyst s for abstraction\, are now freely entering the lexicon of his painting. \n

An abstract painter since the 1980's\, Buhler has always felt committed to a kind of purity accomplished through non-referential color and form. But small rubber stamps\, initially incorpo rated only into the artist's drawings\, became a gateway to the inclusion o f more recognizable images and forms. These stamps and stencils\, rooted in a tradition of engraving\, evoke images of old maps and engraved books—obj ects from antiquity that spoke to Buhler's sense of the artist as chronicle r of unknown worlds.  

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Now these stam ps and stencils appear freely into the artist's drawings\, watercolors\, an d large scale acrylic paintings. For the artist\, allowing for this shift t oward referential form has been liberating. In addition\, the Birdland pain tings offer a material departure from earlier work.  Their shift to raw can vas allows for the use of transparencies and staining to create more open a nd lyrical spaces.

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Ken Buhler is a professor of painting and drawing at Bard College. He lives and works in Brooklyn\, NY and in Masonville\, New York. Buhler is the recipient of many prestigious grants\, residencies\, and fellowships.  These include the Mac Dowell Colony\, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center\, the Pollock Krasner Fo undation\, New York Foundation for the Arts\, National Endowment for the Ar ts\, and The Ballinglen Foundation. Recent projects Buhler has completed in clude prints made with Oehme Graphics of Steamboat Springs\, Colorado\, Van Deb editions of NYC\, and Jungle Press of Brooklyn.

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Buhler has had solo exhibitions at Michael Walls Ga llery\, O’Hara Gallery\, and Axel Raben Gallery. His work is part of many p ublic collections including the Wichita Museum of Art\, the Beach Museum\, The Sioux City Art Center\, the Ulrich Museum of Fine Arts\, and the de Sai sset Museum.  His work is also part of many private collections inlcuding I BM\, The Boston Company\, Prudential\, and the Maslow Collection.

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DTEND:20130120 DTSTAMP:20140729T083103 DTSTART:20121212 GEO:40.716564;-73.99075 LOCATION:Lesley Heller Workspace\,54 Orchard St \nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: "Birdlands"\, Ken Buhler UID:246992 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121212T200000 DTSTAMP:20140729T083103 DTSTART:20121212T180000 GEO:40.716564;-73.99075 LOCATION:Lesley Heller Workspace\,54 Orchard St \nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: "Birdlands"\, Ken Buhler UID:246993 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR