Bettina Buck Shuffles through a Museum and Smashes Art-Historical Narratives
Bettina Buck works with assemblage, collage and reconfigurations of existing, mundane, often found materials; regularly reclaiming industrial or industrially produced components. Materials and objects with traces of an alternative history and existence are selected, re-imagined and combined to explore the limits of form, question notions of perception and re-interpret sculptural techniques and their art historical lineage. Buck's quasi-sculptural practice is often both performative and durational, whilst asking for the viewers physical, imaginative and conceptual involvement. Hunting Scene (Dusk) consists of a rolled and wrapped silk-motif-carpet which hovering a few centimetres above the ground. The work contains a a personal narrative, the carpet being bought some 20 years ago by Bettina's father and which she has not seen unrolled for over 15 years. The rolled and wrapped carpet having been sent to Bettina from her mother, it remains as much a work of the imagination as a physical work.
Bettina Buck is an adamantly anti-modernist artist who, in her own words, creates work that “simultaneously attracts and alienates the viewer” and “creates a tremor, a vibration and a conversation with its surroundings.” Buck’s sculptures are assemblages and reconfigurations of found industrial materials like carpets, posters, foam, latex, and plastic. She draws upon the objects’ histories, while also creating jolting contrasts of their textures and forms. To heighten the disquieting effect of her work, Buck sometimes displays the work at unconventional heights. Though they appear abstract, these works sometimes have anthropomorphic traits or illustrate narratives. Buck’s sculptures also draw upon classical forms, mythology, and traditions of sculpture.
German, b. 1974