The Wells College String Room Gallery is pleased to present "W+W / Wires + Waves," a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist and Victor Hammer Book Arts Fellow H.R. Buechler. The Gallery invites all to join the artist for an opening reception on Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view until April 26.
Buechler will publicly discuss her work when presenting the 45th Annual Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall.
The exhibition and lecture mark the culmination of Buechler's two-year fellowship with the Wells College Book Arts Center, during which time she taught throughout the book arts curriculum, hosted visiting artist Marianne Dages and maintained a productive creative practice. The Victor Hammer Fellowship was established in 1998 to bring emerging book artists to the Wells Book Arts Center for a two-year teaching and production residency.
W+W / Wires + Waves is a multimedia exhibition featuring a collection of recent works created between 2016 and 2018. Included are "Session 1 & 2" from Buechler's on-going durational video performance series, a 26-foot long modular letterpress installation, two large letterpress and inkjet-printed pieces that will undergo transformation over the duration of the exhibition and an immersive installation of audio, artist's book and textiles produced in collaboration with artist Erica Hess. As part of her exhibition and in testament to her role as an educator, Buechler will later add a video collaboratively produced by the students currently enrolled in her "Collaborative Book" class.
Through this range of reproductive media, understood as acts of translation, Buechler addresses a variety of concerns regarding our relationship with historic and contemporary communication systems, the dis/functionality of language and loss as both an ephemeral and material phenomenon. Each piece in W+W explores what is lost and gained in the intellectual and physical processes of translation, and attempts to quantify—materialize—the gap/the space/the void between each medial transaction by exposing translational errors. These errors, which Buechler reads as "miscommunication"—information lost but also gained—augments the final message materialized in the works throughout the exhibition.
Buechler is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and founder of OXBLOOD Publishing. She is a 2016 recipient of the CBAA Project Assistance Grant, the 2015-2016 Windgate Resident for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and former print production fellow for the Journal of Artists' Books (JAB). Her work can be found in numerous collections in the U.S. and internationally, including the Yale University Library, Centre Pompidou of Paris and the University of Regina Library in Canada. She holds an M.F.A. in interdisciplinary book and paper arts from Columbia College Chicago and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The String Room Gallery is a center for the exhibition of contemporary art in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It is located on the Wells College campus in the southwest corner of the first floor of Main Building. Hours are Monday–Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information about the show at Wells, please see the gallery's website at www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery or contact Professor Katie Waugh at 315.364.3237.