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Adaption

(a virtual catalogue)


This is Painting’s language – Adaption.

For Buchner the works in this exhibition speak to the ongoing and complicated relationship Painting has to its own medium and to the ends that artists have gone to in order to expand its accepted forms. Exploring the material possibilities and the ever-expanding field of Painting has been at the root of artist’s practice for the past two decades.

Pulling from a vast collection of images, Zachary assembled a series of complex relationships between his work and the worlds they collide with. Here he utilizes found images, which are then stretched and manipulated to fit, distort or complicated the works that obscure them. Buchner links physical works with digital images, joining the subject of the image with the shape, color and title of the individual works - the pairings are not always clear.

Buchner is interested in mining a social landscape built on connectivity and isolation in an attempt to better define and understand the contingencies of contemporary experience and space. In this case, he inserts references to high modernism, natural disasters, climate change, urban sprawl, mass information and surveillance as the backdrops to the work in Adaption.

These images, together with the artist’s use and fascination with plastics, speaks to the constant and malleable way he views the history of Painting and its connection to our contemporary moment. The systems at play in this exhibition are both nurturing and damaging, reflective and absorbing, inputting and outputting all at once. For Buchner the work in Adaption questions how far can this dispersion and connectivity stretch?

Painting has continued to survive by is ability to modify and morph – it continues to adapt – will we?


Adaption 1 - Your Silent Face with Image (Surveillance), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found and Manipulated Image.

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Your Silent Face 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 20 IN x 16 IN x 3 IN


Working Drawing for Your Silent Face

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Adaption 2 - Spine Shift with Image (Ice Cap Deterioration), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found and Manipulated Image.

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Spine Shift 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 20 IN x 20 IN x 3 IN


Working Drawing for Spine Shift

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Adaption 3 – Empathy Fatigue with Image (Wild Fire, Oregon), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Empathy Fatigue 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 20 IN x 20 IN x 3 IN


Working Drawing for Empathy Fatigue

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Adaption 4 – Protean with Image (Solar Field 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Protean 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 18 IN x 16 IN x 3 IN


Working Drawing for Protean

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Adaption 5 – Random Rules with Image (Wild Fire, California), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Random Rules 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 20 IN x 20 IN x 3 IN


Working Drawing for Random Rules

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Adaption 6 – Poison Light with Image (Empty Mall), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Poison Light 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 16 IN x 10 IN x 3 IN


Working Drawing for Poison Light

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Adaption 7 – Black and Blue with Image (Surveillance, II), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Black and Blue 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 20 IN x 18 IN x 3 IN


Research image for Black and Blue

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Adaption 8 – Everywhere isn’t Everywhere with Image (Flooding), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Everywhere isn’t Everywhere 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 20 IN x 16 IN x 3 IN


Working Drawing for Everywhere isn’t Everywhere

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Adaption 9 – Body Glove with Image (Server Farm), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Body Glove 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 20 IN x 20 IN x 3 IN


Studio Notes - Title List

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Adaption 10 – Station with Image (Computer), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Station 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 16 IN x 10 IN x 3 IN


Color Study

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Adaption 11 – Cloud Cloud with Image (Sprawl), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Cloud Cloud 2019, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 20 IN x 20 IN x 3 IN


Working Drawing for Cloud Cloud

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Adaption 12 – Green Cell with Image (Farnsworth), 2020, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam, Found Manipulated Image.

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Green Cell 2018, Acrylic, Clear Cast Acrylic, Mirrored Acrylic, Memory Foam, Acoustic Foam and MDF 22 IN x 20 IN x 3 IN


Shape Study

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Special Thanks to Matt West and Laramie County Community College for the generous opportunity to create Adaption


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Adaption ( a virtual catalogue)  

A virtual catalogue for the exhibition Adaption by Zachary Buchner

Adaption ( a virtual catalogue)  

A virtual catalogue for the exhibition Adaption by Zachary Buchner