Vernissage | Thursday | 6 September | 18 – 20 Uhr
Galerie Edwynn Houk is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent photographic work by the
British artist Christopher Bucklow (b 1957). This will be Bucklow’s first exhibition with the
gallery, and his first in Switzerland.
“Anima” will showcase new pictures from Bucklow’s longstanding series of Guests and
Tetrarchs. Each unique work is a cross between a photograph and a drawing, created using his
own adaptation of a pinhole camera, a photographic process popular in the 19th Century.
Bucklow begins each work by delineating a human silhouette on a metallic sheet, then
puncturing it with thousands of holes. Photographic paper is placed at the bottom of a lightsealed
box, with the punctured sheet above the paper. Then sunlight is allowed to filter though
the holes, every one of them acting as an aperture. And so a photographic image of the sun-lit
human body made of thousands of small suns is captured on the photographic paper below.
There is no negative, no enlargement. Each picture is one-of-a-kind; its appearance is
dependent upon the time of day, the intensity of the sunlight at that time, and the length of the
Initially, the Guests and Tetrarchs were based on portraits of his friends and family, yet, for
Bucklow, they have come to represent a self-portrait, a response to the vitality he believes resides
within himself as much as every other living being. The exhibition’s title, “Anima,” refers to the
Jungian argument that certain archetypes define the unconscious: every male harbors a female
archetype; every female, a male. We only ever encounter our inner archetype in our dreams. For
Bucklow, each Guest and Tetrarch is a rendering-in-light of those figures haunting and
animating his unconscious.
Bucklow began his career as a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He has
exhibited extensively in Europe and abroad, and his paintings and photographs are included in
numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim
Museum, New York, the High Museum, Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Recent
publications include “If This Be Not I,” a collection of his writings, drawings and paintings. He
is the author of an iconographical study of Philip Guston’s late paintings entitled “What is in the
Dwat, The Universe of Philip Guston’s Final Decade.” Bucklow lives and works in Southwest