March Art Exhibit: Andrew Buck - "Quarries"
March 05, 2017 4:00 pm - March 28, 2017 5:00 pm
Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
My focus has long been the landscape, the landscape that is the result of 'man' reconfiguring and using the land, in essence creating his own landscape on the natural landscape. While it can be documentary, it is also informed by the Abstract Expressionist movement. So, I also look at the abstract qualities in that landscape.
Rockface and Quarry Panorama
The focus on abstraction is most evident in the Rockface series: By eliminating any evidence of scale the abstract form becomes the focus.
All of the rock faces I have photographed were created by blasting through hills for construction or for quarrying. The images are abstract, but they are also concerned with how our impact on the natural landscape creates an entirely new landscape.
The series Quarry Panorama bridges both documentary and abstract approaches. It is an outgrowth of the Rockface series. After first photographing road cuts and then quarries in that series, the spatial aspect of quarries struck me as being perfect for capture in panoramic images. While they are documentary in nature, they abstract the environment via the extreme approach, i.e. presenting a 360 degree (some images are 180-200 degrees) views of the quarries.