There is something luminous and attractive about the photographic oeuvres produced by Christopher Bucklow for his second show at Danzinger Gallery. Like a moth flying towards the flame, AF came to the opening last February 21st to get burned by Bucklow’s lovely points of light.
Bucklow presented 17 works ranging from figurative to abstract in background colors of rich jewel tones in deep amethyst purple, sapphire blue, ruby red, and emerald green. The sumptuous base becomes the velvet lining as in a jewel box for the myriad of pinhole photographs that emerge brilliantly. The interesting method of pinhole photography is a hand intensive process that he managed to execute effortlessly. It is the first time that I have seen what a pinhole camera could do. You might ask, what is a pinhole camera? I most certainly had to do a lot of poking around to learn more about this device.
Pinhole camera is simply a pared down version of a camera without a lens and with a single small aperture. Think of a light proof box with a miniscule hole in one side. To produce the works he made for this current series, Bucklow had boxes that were enormous and the painstaking poking of pinholes on foil silhouettes to burn desired images on the photographic paper. It is a deft skill that shows on the haunting and seductive figures. The masculine and feminine forms radiate character and life that come from the numerous pinholes. It is a unique constellation floating as craftily devised by Bucklow. The solo and intermingling of both sexes are heavenly bodies inhabiting your dreams.
The abstract works are supposed to be influenced by Islamic pattern or quantum physics. Instead, I saw strings of light that are ablaze at some festive enclave in a hidden part of the city or at a town square where all congregate. The medallion or the zigzag patterns slashing through the abstract series are great counterpoints to the supple human forms. This has an aggressive and logical order in Bucklow’s abstracts that play well with the fluidity of the figurative.
In Bucklow’s hands, the pinpoint method of photography hits the right spot to create an internal burst of light that managed to jump out of the paper’s surface. To burn the right image and where it should be is proof of his innovation but most importantly devising a concept that pushes the envelope on art photography.
Christopher Bucklow / On View: February 21 – March 23, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat (11 am – 6 pm) / Monday by appointment
Danzinger Gallery. 527 West 23rd Street. NYC, NY 10011
art review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
art images provided by Danzinger Gallery courtesy of the artist
event photography by: Max Noy