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After the Fall: Works by Hal Buckner at MOCA L.I.

September 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


After the Fall: Works by Hal Buckner 
Curated by John Cino
September 14 – October 27, 2019
Artist Reception: September 14, 5:00 – 7:00PM

The Patchogue Arts Council is pleased to announce a special autumn exhibition entitled After the Fall: Works by Hal Buckner. This exhibition will be on view at the Patchogue Arts Council MOCA Long Island, 20 Terry St., Patchogue, New York September 14 through October  27. A reception with the artist will take place on September 14 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. This exhibit and event are free and open to the public.

“Hal Buckner revisit(s) masterpieces of western art and insert(s) a contemporary female paradigm” states essayist Alexandra Giardano ….”questioning how women fit into the broader context of art and history.  The sources for many of Buckner’s works are easily recognized, iconic works spanning art history from Classical Rome, the Renaissance, Baroque to modern and contemporary pieces.  Test your knowledge about art history while questioning current stereotypes at After the Fall: Works by Hal Buckner at MOCA Long Island located at 20 Terry St., Patchogue, New York from September 14 through October 27, with an artist reception on September 14 from 5 PM – 7 PM.

After the Fall: Works by Hal Buckner is curated by John Cino and is part of a cross-island collaboration with Farmingdale State College Memorial Gallery. A companion exhibition, Fall from Grace: Works by Hal Buckner is curated by Beth Giacummo and will be on view September 16 – November 15  in the Memorial Gallery, located in Hale Hall, on the campus of Farmingdale State College – State University of New York, 2350 Broadhollow Road (Route. 110). A reception with the artist will be hosted on October 1 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

About the Artist
Hal Buckner (b.1938, Whidbey Island, WA) is an innovative and versatile artist who is trained in both sculpture and painting. His current studio work is rooted in line drawing fundamentals and the female figure. The influence of water in the artist’s life and culture is reflected in a good deal of his work. It is most evident in the sensual “hammock” and “beach” series characterized by sun-loving nudes in tranquil repose.

The sculptured silhouettes combine elements of contour and outline with the final product (cut from a single lightweight aluminum sheet) emerging as a minimally rendered silhouette that implies solidity of form. Life-sized in scale, the surfaces of the sculptures are often burnished to create luminescence in order to emphasize shape or detail. Other surfaces remain matte and are painted flat black to provide contrast and to stress the drawn line element. The work is free-standing, suspended from overhead or wall-mounted in such a way as to allow light to cast dramatic shadows on walls and opposing surfaces. Light also plays an important part in maximizing the effects of the burnished metal surfaces.

“As a sculptor, light, shadow and the power of a single line have always fascinated me. The figure, in particular, the female form, has been a lifelong pursuit in my work. Even when I have made a conscientious effort to depart from the figure, I have always returned to it for inspiration, challenge, and the dynamism that it offers. Drawing inspiration from impressions in mass media and popular culture, I appropriate images – in part or in whole – and translate them into life-size sculptures which shed solidity while retaining the essence of form and sculptural quality.”

Buckner is a professor emeritus of Pierce College, Tacoma, Washington and has taught sculpture on the collegiate level in Washington, Pennsylvania, and New York for over 25 years. The artist holds a BA in art education from Seattle University, a BFA in painting and sculpture, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Washington where he studied with George Tsutakawa. He also furthered his post-graduate degree by studying painting with Larry Rivers. Buckner is credited with establishing over five casting foundries and continues consulting on the design of such facilities. He currently lives in Southampton, NY and works full-time in his studio.

What:   After the Fall: Works by Hal Buckner
When:   Sept. 14 – Oct. 27, 2019, with an Artists’ reception on Sept. 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Where:  Patchogue Arts Council • MOCA L.I.,  20 Terry St, Suite 116, Patchogue, NY 11772

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ABOUT THE PATCHOGUE ARTS COUNCIL – The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc., was formed to encourage, support, and promote the arts while aiding in the revitalization and sustainability of the community. The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose focus is to serve the greater south shore of the Town of Brookhaven. The Patchogue Arts Council • MOCA L.I. is located at 20 Terry St., Suite 116, Patchogue NY and is open Thursdays and Fridays, 2:00 – 7:30 PM, Saturdays, and Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. For more information visitwww.patchoguearts.org, call 631-627-8686, or email info@patchoguearts.org.

Museum of Contemporary Arts Long Island (MoCA L.I.), is the newly defined exhibition space of the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC).By redefining PAC’s exhibition space from Gallery to Museum, opportunities for the community and the artists we serve grows exponentially. PAC has always been unconventional in comparison to other arts councils. Our main focuses are to make current and contemporary art accessible to everyone and service artists across Long Island. We are working to create inclusiveness in all of our opportunities. Through our exhibition programming, we support, promote, and encourage early, mid-career, and established artists that work in all media and all walks of life.


September 14, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Museum of Contemporary Art LI
20 Terry Street
Patchogue, 11772 United States