The title of Deborah Buck's show, “What’s Inside?” refers to the centralized forms which are the subjects of her paintings; anthropomorphic wrapped objects that are both inviting and slightly sinister. Her vocabulary of form is distinctive and grows out of organic surrealism. The push and pull between attraction and repulsion in Buck’s forms, Wei suggests, is “about decay, about past present and future states, a comic book Pop Surreal version of the theme of vanitas.” The combination of rich colors such as burgundies and turquoise, deep tonal values and the occasional glitter also adds to the dark, but playful allure of her work.
The exhibition at the Julie Saul Gallery, in Chelsea NYC, corresponds with a survey show of her work at the Garrison Art Center, Garrison , NY, open from April 7th - May 6. An illustrated catalog will be published in conjunction with The Garrison Art Center, with an essay by Lilly Wei. Wei suggests “there is a remarkable continuity in Buck’s output, in her wrapped ripening, morphing shapes with their inner secrets.” She also suggests that the development of the image is almost sculptural with the drawing moving towards painting in a layering process from which the final form emerges.
Buck has been painting since her youth and after befriending Clyfford Still she was a resident of Skowhegan at the age of 18. She also has involved herself with design, collecting and selling antiques, and teaching at SVA Masters Design. Buck’s energy is barely contained by her paintings.