"Hal Buckner" opens on June 20 and remains on view through October 12 at Guild Hall.
Hal Buckner’s work emanates from the fluid line, taking a figurative image and reducing it to its most essential element. This lyrical line, cut from a single piece of aluminum, represents the sensuous outline of the female form. Buckner uses historical references, paying homage to the past, while interpreting these works into his own unique vision.
The history of art is the story of artists being influenced, to one degree or another, by the work of their predecessors. Buckner, a professor of art for many years, has studied the iconic works of the Western past the old-fashioned way, by drawing them, with a special emphasis on studying the work’s composition. Then he transforms them into totally original works of his own, often with the male subjects, created by male artists, being transmogrified into sensual women as in Matisse’sLady in a Blue Dress or Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Whimsy, humor and irony are as much a part of his work as is his sensuous and powerful brush stroke. At the same time, Bucker is also making a perceptive comment on the composition and scale of the original work, suggesting perhaps, that we look at the original anew.
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