Two fifteen-foot motorized wooden figure sculptures are currently stationed in the front room of the Greg Kucera Gallery in Pioneer Square, part of a comprehensive one-man show of the work of Montana artist, John Buck. The giant sculptures are merely the most spectacular of the many Buck works on view, works which also include shadow boxes, peek-a-boo wall panels, woodblock and woodcut prints, and bronze statues. Somewhere between folk art and surrealism, Buck’s work is intriguing for both its highly refined craft and its elaborate, often humorous imagery. Here with our review is KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin.
The best way to begin a visit to the John Buck exhibit is to walk entirely through the gallery, and up onto the outdoor sculpture deck. There stand five serene nude statues, their graceful presence charmingly at odds with the gritty, industrial surrounding.