Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Tonight at 8pm, Ron Buffington opens his 4-day Easy Lemon residency. His scans will be hung on our walls and he will be on hand to do nightly presentations about his work along with demonstrations of his process.
Ron Buffington is a UC Foundation Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Buffington has been recognized for outstanding teaching through a University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award (2002) and a UTC College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (1996).
Buffington has shown his paintings and prints internationally, including exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Lahti, Finland. Buffington’s work is included in numerous collections, including the BASF Corporation, the Museum of American Art (of the Smithsonian Institute), and Richard Polsky, author of I Bought Andy Warhol. Buffington’s work was published in New American Paintings in July 2000, where it was singled out by the editor Steven Zevitas, who said: “Ron Buffington’s abstractions operate somewhere between [the narrative and the non-representational]; while their formal structure ostensibly links them to the tradition of modernist abstract painting, they are ultimately grounded in the artist’s desire to make abstraction more accessible. That is to say, they are more about an imminent, rather than transcendent, experience. One might think of Buffington as a narrative painter in that his work presents the ‘story’ of its own creation.”
Monday, March 5th, 2012
Ron’s Artist’s Statement
Picture a young Jacques Lacan on a fishing trip. His face is illuminated by the reflected light from a discarded sardine tin floating in the sea. He squints. One of his companions, Petit-Jean, notices and asks Lacan: “You see that can? Do you see it? Well, it doesn’t see you!” This wisecrack prompts laughter, and Lacan is anything but invisible. He is conspicuous, exposed to view; he is written by the sun; he is, in a word, photo-graphed. Understandably, he draws the opposite conclusion regarding the gaze. “The picture is in my eye,” Lacan would write years later, “but me, I am also in the picture.”
As a painter my engagement with the medium of photography is rudimentary. After all, the scanograph is laughably simplistic, the 21st century equivalent of the photogram. If the optical scanner holds my attention, it is because it promises a pure, straightforward visibility. It simply registers visual data, all over and without bias; one is tempted to say that it sees as if it cannot be seen. Of course, this does not mean that the scanner produces evidence of the spectacle played out before it. Tragically it cannot fulfill its promise, as each pass sets a new stage upon which the viewer’s desire will disorganize the view and the work of art will throw up its camouflage.
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
On Wednesday, March 7th, 8:00 pm, conceptual artist Ron Buffington opens his Easy Lemon residency at our loft on 1440 Adams St.
I can’t say enough about how beautiful this work is, and the processes are equally as intricate, ephemeral, and fascinating. Over the next few days, I will be exploring Ron’s processes in his studio and posting updates on this blog as he prepares for his opening.
Stay posted for media and updates daily!
8:00 pm nightly
$5 + B.Y.O.B.
1440 Adams St. (left entrance)