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Artist Brian Buckley

Brian Buckley

New York, NY, USA


b. 1969   —   Brian Buckley makes pictures. Not photographs, but photograms: images produced by placing an object on a chemically treated sheet of paper and exposing it to light. A record of various mixed shadows and light remain. Buckley’s subjects make direct contact with the paper as chemicals and added pigments act and react to each other. Within this photographic environment, Buckley explores relationships. Questions of connectivity, spirituality and being alone are all explored. Often drawing on his own life’s experience as well classic tales from mythology. Currently, Buckley is working on his newest series, Her. HER is a group of portraits, each a unique photogram on paper coated with a mixture of cyanotype chemistry and various pigments. Love is an intoxicating, euphoric dream, while at the same time a painful virus, which can steel your breath and heart. Reflecting on relationships, and one’s fears. Her, is not one woman, or man, but a reference to my love and loss throughout life. Using my own romantic view of love and the hard truths learned about its difficulties, I invite all of us to feel or remember her, him, it, or them. About Process: The image is created in one moment, and is NOT reworked in anyway. When the subject makes contact with the paper-coated mixtures and is exposed to light, the interaction/reaction is the final record. This date is included in the title. Each photogram is a record of the moment it was created in the studio. Each work is a sheet of watercolor paper coated in various ways. I am using layers of chemistry and paint, at various dilutions, that both react to contact and light. The image is made using an Custom Ultra Violet Light box (loaned indefinitely by a friend and artist I admire, Adam Fuss) made from light bulbs once used in tanning beds. Other information: Buckley studied photography at Parsons School of Design, where he learned the industry standards. While using the tools he learned for career advancement, He has never abandoned his love for chemical photographic images, especially the photogram. Buckley finds photograms more intimate and a record of the moment of exposure when and wherever it was made. Brian Buckley’s work with cyanotypes began at an art studio sublet on the lower east side, He could not use the space as a proper darkroom for gelatin silver photograms, so he adapted by using a more flexible and affordable medium, the cyanotype. After his first solo exhibition of unique cyanotype, Ghost Ship at ClampArt in 2017, The artist wanted to challenge the cyanotype process (a process that predates silver gelatin) to see if there was a way to bring color in without reworking it afterwards. Brian Buckley’s is represented in New York by ClampArt Gallery, 247 West 29th Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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