INTERVENTION: Neo (dark) Pop by Three Contemporary Artists
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.
David 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.
With 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.
In 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.