Art objects have an essence through the dedicated practice of the artist. They work that the result, passion, inspires someone else to bring that work into their lives. The artist not only speaks through the work, but sets up an emotional place that awakens an exchange within the viewer. Passion is the result of love. Passion is the exchange.
My work includes pieces that explore reclaimed wood from barns, sheds and discarded furniture. The simple forms of the boards are meant to allow the detail of the wood grain, the age and the raw process of reclamation to reveal a story of material, process and life near woods and waterways. I also enjoy exploring painting and color technique with this work and have recently created more utilitarian objects like tables.
The beach scene series is work that uses found objects (sand, stones, beach glass, driftwood) and a clear casting material to create Lake Michigan inspired work. Some of these pieces can be mounted in a window or back-lit for a stained or fused glass like appearance.
Andrew Bucksbarg is a Michigan-based artist whose work has been featured in museums, galleries and festivals internationally. Bucksbarg has a MFA from California Institute of the Arts and has taught digital art and new media production courses in California and as a professor at Indiana University, as well as in New York City.
He is currently restoring a vintage camper. As a beachcomber, his credentials include making art from driftwood, using sand in paintings and finding a message in a bottle. He currently lives with the cat that adopted him from outside his window in Brooklyn.