jelutong wood, leather, and motor
132 x 289 x 106 inches
“My recent work is an extension of previous figurative work that has included an implied movement through the dynamics of form. This sculpture, Cat’s Cradle, explores mechanical movement through the use of motors, pulleys, and belts. My interests in primitive, ethnic, and historical woodcarvings combined with my explorations of modernism and contemporary art is the basis of my compositions.”
— John Buck
About the artist
Based in Bozeman, MT, John Buck has been a professional artist for over 46 years and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. He is both a sculptor and a printmaker. He works with two interrelated bodies of work in 2D and 3D. His primary medium is in carved wood assemblage, which are sometimes cast as bronze sculptures or are also sometimes engineered as kinetic works. His multicolored woodblock prints are carved in wood and printed on large sheets of rice paper.
John Buck received his BFA in sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute in 1968 and his MFA in sculpture from UC Davis in 1972. He has taught sculpture at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham, England; Humboldt State University, Arcata, California; and Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.
John Buck has created several major sculpture commissions and his work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Seattle Art Museum, The Library of Congress, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many others.