Buecking’s project, titled MATTERS OF FACT, emerges out of her continuing investigation into the products (and consequences) of neoliberalism. Her wall works, sculptures and related media appropriate the recurring motifs of such systems to in turn interrogate their value and efficacy. Here, the principal element of Buecking’s exhibition is a suite of coloured pencil drawings depicting computer-generated gradients. Layered on top of these drawings are solid graphics painted directly on the glazing of each framed drawing. These graphics, literally floating on their shaded voids, borrow from the visual language of modernist abstraction, economic infographics, and models from early childhood education. Accompanying the drawings is an audio “soundtrack” composed from sounds drawn from teenage melodramas, infomercial stingers and lead-ins, self-help seminars, and canned music. A wall mounted clock—its numbers stripped away—keeps a watchful eye over Buecking’s installation. It is a reminder, perhaps of the division of time and of the anxieties of time spent or wasted, and wonders: what exactly are we being sold?
Krista Buecking was born in 1982 in Brampton, Ontario, and is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Studio Art program. She completed her MFA at CalArts in 2012. Recently, she has had solo exhibitions at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto (2009, 2012) and Mercer Union, Toronto (2010). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles (2014), Optica, Montreal (2007), and Art Metropole, Toronto (2007) among others.
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