JOHN BUCK



Born 1946 in Ames, Iowa
John Buck, who earned an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of California at Davis, took up printmaking shortly before his residency at UNO. In 1982, he began working with Jack Lemon at Landfall Press in Chicago and the following year, he embarked on a long collaborative relationship with, printer Bud Shark of Colorado. The Professor of Sculpture at Montana State University in Bozeman proofed two woodblock prints during his residency (March 4-9, 1984) at UNO. Thomas Majeski and student Kenneth Jimmerson printed the edition of Tripoli, which has the dark background with white lines typically found in his early woodcuts. The graffiti of signs and symbols, which the artist drew into the wood with a stylus, nails, and sometimes even his fingernails, are idiosyncratic and recurring. The three spheres, the dominant image in Tripoli, also appear as a smaller, secondary image in a color lithograph titled "Jihad" (1984). Conversely, the small torso image in "Tripoli" dominates in "Avenue of the Americas" (1983-85), a two-color woodcut editioned by Landfall Press. The print "Omaha" represents a new direction in Buck's work; a shift away from graphic combinations of black, white, and red. Gary Day and student assistant Jim Heijl printed the edition using 14 shades of red and 26 blocks. Both "Tripoli" and "Omaha" were reproduced in the catalogue for a 1994 exhibition at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California.




Tripoli
1984; two-color woodcut; image: 35 1/4 x 23 1/4 (89.53 x 59.05), sheet: 38 1/2 x 26 (97.79 x 68.88); edition of 30)
Omaha
1984; 15 color woodcut on Suzuki handmade paper; sheet: 62 x 36 (157.48 x 91.44); edition of 15