“Well, I Wish For Once, You Would Just Stop Coping,” a selection of recent drawings from San Francisco-based artist, blogger, and mixtape master, Timothy Buckwalter, opens at Factory Outlet Gallery, in Mokelumne Hill, California today. Chosen from Buckwalter’s massive archive, the show features highlights from Buckwalter’s last five years of ink drawings, as well as a new specially commissioned large scale piece for the gallery. To produce his wry word-based drawings, Buckwalter sorts through old comic strips, hacking out bits of dialogue that offer insight, often in a humorous vein, into universal- or self-understanding. The phrases are abbreviated and edited on a computer, resized, and then hand-painted onto sheets of paper. The resulting expressions hover somewhere in the grey area between self-loathing, self-loving, anger, and despair. For his installation at Factory Outlet Gallery, Buckwalter has covered the walls top to bottom with ink-drawn statements and declarations, freezing what might be fragments of conversations and thought, heard or imagined, onto the permanence of the page.
“Timothy Buckwalter: Well, I Wish For Once, You Would Just Stop Coping,” Factory Outlet Gallery, Mokelumne Hill, CA. May 1 – June 2, 2010
“Timothy Buckwalter: Imitation of Life,” Green Life Cafe, Philadelphia, PA. Through May 2010.