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"Fragments of a Cityscape: Clark Buckner"
2005-05-05 until 2005-05-27
San Francisco, CA,
USA United States of America
What makes San Francisco the city that it is? In this multi-media installation, Clark Buckner explores the diverse perspectives that give shape to urban life. He constructs a portrait of San Francisco rich with textures, sound, light, and language, celebrating the city as a locus for social experiments and self-exploration. Pigman Gallery presents this exhibition by Clark Buckner through May 27, 2005.
At the heart of the installation is a four-channel video titled "The Sound of the Street (16th and Mission)". In it, Bucker poses two questions to passers-by: 1) What is the sound of the street? and 2) Can you make the sound? The results produce a cacophonous montage, which lies somewhere between a documentary and a musical. Supporting videos study both the mundane and the dramatic: strangers moving through city streets emerge as characters engaged in quiet struggles. And, in a wall collage constructed of personal and appropriated images, Buckner explores San Francisco's architecture and history as both physical and psychological terrain, which osscilates between the familiar and the surreal.
"Fragments of a Cityscape" emphasizes the interpersonal dynamics that inform city life and the qualities that make this city eccentric. It also serves as a personal tribute to the place the artist now calls home, and documents time spent engaged with others in questions concerning the values that shape our surroundings.