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March/April 2012



Participating Artists Include:

March 10 - April 28, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 5-8 pm

Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 6-9 pm

Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm
And by appointment

Friday 12-5pm

Detail of the Airplane Wing, Marc Foster

Here is a little video clip of TRANSFORMATIONS: The giant fan made out of airplane flapper wings then the huge hanging Cessna wing, the Fuel Tank and a glimpse of the motor cycle. Pretty crazy cool!


Psycho Killer
32 x 45 x 3 inches

Adult Books
41 x 59 x 3 inches

Color Study #44
36 inches diameter


Artist David Buckingham comes to us courtesy of Cain-Schulte Gallery in San Francisco. Buckingham's studio is in Los Angeles.
His work is raw and refined at the same time, very provocative, in your face, cool and edgy. His material is used steel transformed into art. The work has a fitting space in this month's TRANSFORMATIONS show .

Here is what he says about his work:

My work, in general, is about boundaries: finding where the line is, and then gently crossing it. I donıt actively court controversy, but there are those who find some of my subject matter challenging.

Iım an avid film fan, and for my pieces I select movie lines from films that have an edge, a darkness, a certain visceral appeal, like SQUEAL LIKE A PIG, BOY, from the rape scene in Deliverance. Or ME SO HORNY ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME, from Full Metal Jacket. Or ALL THE ANIMALS COME OUT AT NIGHT, from Taxi Driver. These are films that have worked their way into the national consciousness, as well as in everyday conversation. It is truly hilarious to watch people encounter the movie lines for the first time; invariably they end up acting out the scenes, complete with accents. Thatıs my definition of interactive.

The role of the gun in America is another one of my themes. This country was built on the gun, and here in Los Angeles itıs often still that way: I hear large-caliber gunshots on a regular basis and last week there was a wild shootout in my own neighborhood that left two men dead. Movie posters often feature a gun-toting hero/villain. The gun is a national icon, as American as apple pie and adultery. I started making assassinsı guns (³Sirhan Sirhan², ³Squeaky Fromme², ³Son of Sam², Dan White², ³Mark David Chapman², etc), then moved on to movie and television guns (³Dirty Harry², ³Barney Fife², etc), then onto political guns (Dick Cheneyıs shotgun). All of my guns are historically accurate and to scale. There are those who see the gun series and think I am some kind of gun nut, and others who see the guns as a very powerful anti-gun statement. I agree with them both.

Either way, I aim to provoke a reaction in the viewer, whether good or bad.
I think all readings of my work are valid.

I have to admit I am influenced by Lenny Bruce, my favorite American comic.
Bruce pushed the boundaries of what could be said in public, from the stage, and ended up paving the way for a whole generation of comics that came after him. He also paid a heavy price for his outspokenness. I donıt aim to be a martyr like him for the cause of art by any means. But Iım not afraid to make what I think is cool, no matter what anybody says about it. People who Œgetı my work are wildly enthusiastic about it. I donıt think of these people as collectors; I consider them accomplices.

A lot of my work is very personal. I was a professional writer for 20 years before sculpture became my magnificent obsession, so youıll see a lot of text in my work. I love language in all its forms. Itıs weird, the things that have stuck with me: chance remarks I heard a couple of decades ago reverberate in my head like I heard them yesterday. Australian slang.
Snippets of film dialogue. A refrain from an obscure song. A smart-ass comment. Any of that can make its way out of my head and into my work. The din inside of my skull can be deafening, like there are 20 different radios tuned to 20 different stations. Converting these random thoughts into metal is one way of exorcising the demon.

David Buckingham


For this show Marc Foster went to a airplane "graveyard" and brought a Cessna Skymaster airplane wing, a fusilage tank, and pilot seat to his studio and started TRANSFORMING!
Pretty incredible stuff, considering his small pick-up truck that had to carry this crazy heavy burden.
It will definitely transform the Skinner Howard gallery.
Foster is a recent transplant to Sacramento working as a sculptor and functional artist, one-of a kind pieces designed and made by hand.
Marc was introduced to the gallery in a group show last January.