Bettina Buck Shuffles through a Museum and Smashes Art-Historical Narratives
A figure stumbles across a tufted cliff-top field. She is abandoned in her Sisyphean task of dragging a dense bluish foam monolith, half-bleached yellow by the sun and storeroom-neglect, across a grassy terrain. The video is looped, her task endless. Her travails might be read as allegorical, for they appear otherwise without purpose: the foam is being taken nowhere, and its ungainliness appears designed specifically to impede the protagonist (performed by Bettina Buck herself) from making headway (...) Like an homage to the wobbly inconsistency of home-movies, Interlude welcomes visual erratum. The horizon bounces up and down with the extreme zoom and lack of steady-camtechnology; the air is electric with a tinnitus whistling that denotes audio-overload in the camera’s microphone. In fact, these elements are all quite deliberate. The sound levels have been post-processed to a steady cyclonic buzz, and that quivering zoom is carefully utilized to capture moments of gentle absurdity.*
*Colin Perry, March 2012
Bettina Buck’s film Interlude has been selected by Li Zhenhua, director and founder of Beijing Art Lab, for Art Basel Film. The Film sector of the fair presents an exciting program of films by and about artists. Screenings take place in the agnès b. cinema at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Interlude will be part of the Performance and Fiction Mix on Saturday 17.04.2014, 19.00 – 20.30 at the agnès b. cinema at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
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