NEW YORK CITY — Julie Saul Gallery will present “What’s Inside?,” the first exhibition of recent acrylic paintings on paper by Deborah Buck, on view March 22-May 5. The exhibition corresponds with a survey show of Buck’s work, “Inside Out,” at Garrison (N.Y.) Art Center, April 7-May 6. An illustrated catalog is being published in conjunction with both shows and includes an essay by Lilly Wei.
The title “What’s Inside?” refers to the centralized forms, which are the “subject” of Buck’s paintings; anthropomorphic wrapped objects 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 vanities.”
Buck’s paintings reveal her fluid use of pastel and acrylic paint. The combination of rich colors (burgundies and turquoise), deep tones and the occasional use of glitter also add to the dark but playful allure of the artist’s work.
Buck has been painting since her youth. At the age of 18, she was awarded a scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, by her mentor, Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still. Buck began showing her work professionally in the 1980s and has held exhibitions at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Grey Art Gallery and the Bronx Museum, among other galleries and museums. She is currently a faculty member at School of Visual Art’s MFA design program in New York City and also sits on the board of trustees at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.