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James Buckhouse
updated: 12/03/2008
website: jamesbuckhouse.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
Friends and Strangers
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, urban, conceptual
 
 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2008
33" x  40" 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2008
33" x  40" 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2008
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Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2006
33" x  40" 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2008
33" x  40" 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2007
33" x  0" 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2006
0" x  0" 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2008
33" x  40" 
Friends and Strangers by James Buckhouse
Friends and Strangers
watercolor on paper
2006
0" x  0" 

Artist Statement

James Buckhouse

The Friends and Strangers paintings are large-scale watercolors on paper.

Shaken from the pages of an unwritten text, strangers are walking fiction. It is not a passive fiction; we have no choice but to actively invent and imagine the lives of others, even if the stories we tell ourselves are unbearably short or recklessly inaccurate.

When hunting for strangers, I’m looking for faces connected to a pose. I take a picture, and then paint from the photo back in my studio. I want to ask them who they are and learn about their lives, but then they would no longer be complete strangers. I have only the stories I tell myself.

Getting friends to pose is a different process. Working with a friend you can be more hands-on and adjust the pose, move the light, and adjust the hair; but to get a really good photo, you almost have to act like strangers. A good photo is a little like acting.

I never stop looking, even at home. I call out after my wife as she walks down the hall, not because I have anything to say, but only for the reason that if I call with just the right tone in my voice, she might half-turn back towards me while continuing to walk forward, and this elongated twist, this sloping S-curve that not only rocks forward and back, but also right to left, is the essence of all sculpture - she is moving in space, but connected back to me. She is coming and going, focused back, and yet moving, a part of the current moment, never stagnant. The transition of the figure is the teleos of drape. Watching the woman you love look over at you and smile is to draw an invisible chord between the ends of the arc that starts in her mind and ends somewhere deep within your chest - at a location that is near your perceived center of gravity, somewhere between your gut and your heart.

 

Artist Bio / CV

James Buckhouse - Biography

James Buckhouse is a contemporary figurative artist. In 2002, he completed a commission for the Dia Center for the Arts which was selected for the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and has given a preview of his collaborative work with the New York City Ballet at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Works & Process series. He was the 2000 Visiting Artist at the Stanford University Digital Art Center. He received a B.A. in Visual Art from Brown University in 1996. He is represented by Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles, but has no NY representation.

Selected Exhibitions:

2008

James Buckhouse, Freinds and Strangers. Solo show,
Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2006

2006

As Good as Your Next Gig - Group Show
Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2006

James Buckhouse New Work - Solo Show
Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2006

2005

PICA - Poolside
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR 2005

2004

Check in, Check Out - Poolside
Scope Art Fair, GenArt Miami, 2004

The Infinite Fill Show - Infinite Fill Paintings
Foxy Production, New York, NY, 2004

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Four Seasons
Public Art Commission, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2004-2005

New Fangle - Poolside
GenArt, San Francisco, CA 2004

2003

Digital Art in Public Spaces - Tap
Harvard University, Boston University, UrbanArts Institute, 2003

2002

Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England, Tap, 2002

The Project Gallery, LA, CA, The Same Thing We Do Every Night, 2002

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Snapshot,2002

Dia Center for the Arts, Tap, Spring 2002

Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Biennial, Tap, Spring 2002

Creative Time, outdoor pubic art stations around NYC, Tap, Spring 2002

Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England, Refresh, 2002

2000

Refresh: The Art of the Screen Saver

Iris & B.Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University 2000
www.ArtMuseum.net 2000-2003
Viper Media Festival, Basel Switzerland 2000