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William Buchina

Common Structures, Simple Mechanics & Varying Degrees of Affection

2017-2018

In casting a wide net at the outset of works dealing with the endless variations of human behavior, emotion and ingenuity, I allowed myself to make groupings of imagery with no discernable common thread. That was the purpose of the work; collages of the abnormal and the mundane, rubbing against one another to the point where they may start to seem like their opposite. The normal starts to look less so, and so on. 

Over and over, I tended to use certain imagery: couples embracing, simple, archaic devices, unremarkable structures, sexual fetish and ritualistic celebration. For my current series, I have chosen to focus primarily on these subjects, and while presenting them alongside one another I hope to allow each to alter those surrounding it. For example: if one is shown an image of a knife, and beside it on either side are two more images, those images can define the knife. An image of a clenched fist could suggest the knife as something sinister, whereas a whittled branch can present the knife as a benign tool. 

With these current works, I hope for the viewer to imagine a narrative or a solution that best suits them, and feel confident that they are correct.  

William Buchina, Common Structures, Simple Mechanics & Varying Degrees of Affection #5, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches
William Buchina, Common Structures, Simple Mechanics & Varying Degrees of Affection #2, 2017, Acrylic on panel, 8 x 16 inches (diptych)