Steeped in pop culture references, Buckingham shows how words can be misconstrued, twisted and shaped into something else, giving them an entirely different meaning quite literally. The steel he finds and works with is an unyielding material that takes an artistry to manipulate.
There are three things that David Buckingham allows in his Downtown L.A. studio- “Punk Rock, Pot, and Welding". Buckingham roams abandoned factories, gritty industrial areas and the low deserts of California transforming forgotten relics into large scale wall sculptures. Inspired by his love of language and its uncanny influence on cultural identity; with 20 years spent in advertising it comes natural. His first solo show was at the age of 45. He is self-taught; admitting his journey becoming a sculptor is similar to a “mechanic working on a car while running along side it at 60 mph”. There is a real authenticity to his work that can’t be replicated; an honest reflection of himself and the world around him.