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William Buchina

American, b. 1978
Assembling For Some Reason, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 44 x 44 inches
Assembling For Some Reason, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 44 x 44 inches

The panoply of references contained within William Buchina’s acrylic and ink paintings serve both to reveal and to obscure their own complex meanings.

The panoply of references contained within William Buchina’s acrylic and ink paintings serve both to reveal and to obscure their own complex meanings. The works share visual similarities with Victorian etchings or even contemporary graphic novels, but close observation of their details reveal Buchina’s Surrealist leanings. He creates dystopian narrative scenes, culling imagery from innumerable sources, building satirical mash-ups. The process of finding the disparate source material is as significant to Buchina’s art making as actually applying materials to canvas. At the intersection of his collection of found objects, old and new, Buchina builds layered compositions that challenge both the mind and the eye.

The panoply of references contained within William Buchina’s acrylic and ink paintings serve both to reveal and to obscure their own complex meanings. The works share visual similarities with Victorian etchings or even contemporary graphic novels, but close observation of their details reveal Buchina’s Surrealist leanings. He creates dystopian narrative scenes, culling imagery from innumerable sources, building satirical mash-ups. The process of finding the disparate source material is as significant to Buchina’s art making as actually applying materials to canvas. At the intersection of his collection of found objects, old and new, Buchina builds layered compositions that challenge both the mind and the eye.

 

Buchina’s new work depicts assemblies and crowds seemingly gathered for religious, political, or marshal purposes. His cramped compositions convey the hectic and slightly unreal quality of the assembled mob. These figures have been culled from various print media and historical sources, chosen from the artist’s vast archive of visual source material. Buchina collectively transforms his sources through drawing and his signature stark black and white acrylic. Many of the faces in the crowd are obscured by masks, signs, or abstract forms, heightening the sense of mystery. Buchina draws inspiration from the rituals of religious ceremony and fraternal orders, adapting their gestures and symbols to his own surreal scenes. Though the diverse imagery coheres into a formally powerful and intriguing whole, no strict narrative is formed within Buchina’s compositions; he leaves enough ambiguity for the viewer to infuse the work with their own meaning.

 

William Buchina has been featured in solo gallery exhibitions in New York and Brooklyn, as well as Upstate New York and abroad, and has been the subject of profiles in Interview and The New York Times Magazine. Buchina lives and works in Upstate New York.

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80 minutes installation opera in one act. A woman in search of an unattainable ideal in a world activated by her voice. August 29, 31, 2019 MGM Cotai theatre, Macau, China. Performed by Qian Yi, John Holiday, Joshua Dennis, Joo Won Kang, Ao Li. (courtesy

Week in Review

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November 22, 2019
Installation view of “Barbara Kruger: Belief + Doubt” (2012–ongoing) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Photo: Cathy Carver © Barbara Kruger. Courtesy of Sprüth Magers and David Zwirner.

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November 22, 2019
Attempts to Retain Significance #1, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 44 inches. Courtesy the artist and Hollis Taggart, NY.

Hollis Taggart now represents William Buchina

November 20, 2019
'Highlight: Chelsea' at Hollis Taggart, New York

'Highlight: Chelsea' at Hollis Taggart, New York

October 12, 2018
7 Painters Somewhere Between 'Emerging' and 'Blue Chip', No two works are remotely similar in this summer group exhibition at...

7 Painters Somewhere Between "Emerging" and "Blue Chip"

No two works are remotely similar in this summer group exhibition at Hollis Taggart Galleries.
August 25, 2016
Picks, Highlight: Summer One at Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York

Picks

Highlight: Summer One at Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
August 4, 2016
NYC Galleries Scene, Exhibition Openings Through August 7, 2016

NYC Galleries Scene

Exhibition Openings Through August 7, 2016
July 27, 2016
Editors’ Picks, 9 Art Events to See in New York This Week

Editors’ Picks

9 Art Events to See in New York This Week
July 25, 2016
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Publications

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Highlight, Chelsea
Highlight: Chelsea
$ 20.00
Highlight, Summer One
Highlight: Summer One
$ 8.00
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