On view through August 29th at Robischon Gallery is a solo exhibition of works by American artist John Buck, featuring his intricate kinetic wood sculptures as well as large-scale figurative sculptures, carved wood panels, rubbings and woodblock prints.

John Buck, "The Muse," jelutong wood, leather, motor and acrylic-painted canvas.
John Buck, “The Muse,” jelutong wood, leather, motor and acrylic-painted canvas.

Buck’s medium, carved jelutong wood, along with his use of symbolic language that spans from medieval times to the current era, lend the work a craft and folk-art feel. The artist’s incredible craftsmanship, displayed in each flawlessly carved part and in the overall large-scale whole, is indeed incredible to behold, as is his sense of composition, balance, and design. These works engage the viewer on multiple levels, from the recognition of universal symbols and organic shapes, to the deeper meanings and coded connotations of those symbols, to the strings of intellectual thought that weave each element together into a whole; and they are intriguing to viewers of all ages and intellects (read: kids love these moving sculptures too). Buck’s time-and-space-bridging imagery and his thoughtful and meticulous arrangement of this imagery is consistent throughout all his work, carved or drawn, moving or stationary.

John Buck, "Short Cut," jelutong wood with pedestal.
John Buck, “Short Cut,” jelutong wood with pedestal.
John Buck, "Cat's Cradle" (detail), jelutong wood, leather, motor and acrylic-painted canvas.
John Buck, “Cat’s Cradle” (detail), jelutong wood, leather, motor and acrylic-painted canvas.

See the show at Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, Denver through next Saturday, August 29.

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