John Buck, Photo by Kelly Gorham
John Buck, Photo by Kelly Gorham

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Since the early 1970s, John Buck has been making narrative sculptures that employ his signature motif of disparate objects and figures precariously in balance with each other. Among the various carved items are globes, chains, quatrefoils, symmetrical floral patterns, birds, forked sticks and flames.
Buck often uses myriad geometric shapes in his sculptures, with the figures balancing a grid of sticks with a shell or rocks or other items positioned in one of the square openings of the grid. He also stacks items without the grid or skewers them as seen in the work below. Buck uses jelutong wood as his primary material. It is a soft white wood culled from Malaysian farming operations. Too soft to have any value as a building material, it is perfectly suited to the furniture maker and wood sculptor. The process of its own making becomes very apparent in the finished piece. Every hack mark and chisel cut remains visible. These are not slick, polished pieces. Instead they follow in the tradition of folk art, handmade crafts and votive figures.
Recently, Buck produced the blocks for several new large-scale color woodblock prints. These works on paper are made by rubbing graphite over the carved but, as yet, unprinted blocks. One illustrates, among other images, a pine tree growing out of a tire. The other, "A Thousand Cranes," illustrates a flock of origami paper cranes forming the shape of a human figure.

              1972 MFA, University of California, Davis
             1971 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
             1968 BFA, Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design, Kansas City, MO
             Kinetic Sculptures, Prints, and Carved wood Panels, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle (also 2004, 2000, 1998, 1995)
             John Buck: Iconography, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
             John Buck: Iconography, Croker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA late 2010/early 2011
             John Buck: Iconography, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN,
             Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA,
             Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
             John Buck, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
             John Buck: A Figure of Speech, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
             John Buck: Iconography, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA
             John Buck, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
             John Buck, Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
             John Buck: Sculpture and Prints, The Robert and Gennie DeWeese Gallery, Bozeman, MT
             John Buck, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
             Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
             John Buck Prints, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY
             John Buck, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
             Robischon Gallery, Denver (also 1995, 1993, 1987)
             DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY (also 1999)
             John Buck: A Selection of Prints, 1980-2003, Sangre De Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo, CO
             Recent Sculpture, August 13 - November 1, 2003, Sangre De Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo, CO
             Creativity and Collaboration: Pilchuck Glass School at 30, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
             Self Contained, Benaroya Glass Gallery, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
             John Buck: Recent Sculpture and Woodblock Prints, Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT (travels to Plains Museum, Fargo, ND and Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham)
             John Buck: Wood Sculpture, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton


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