Debugger Artwork by Will Buhler
Artwork by Will Buhler
September 12-October 4, 2014
Reception: September 12 • 5–8pm
Debugger looks at how objects direct the way we interact with the world. As technology progresses and objects become increasing more alien to the subject, we become isolated within a world of objects that we do not understand. This alienation from the interface leads us to a world of isolation while still surrounded by thousands of objects.
Will Buhler grew up in the North Bay before moving to Oakland to study printmaking at California College of the Arts in 2009. Will graduated from CCA in 2013. He is currently working out of Max’s Garage Press in Berkeley.
Our relationship with the world around us is indicated by the material culture that we sustain. Artifacts of material culture can be a sampling of how a community has adapted to the environment that they inhabit.
What do modern materials symbolize in a world where we’ve greatly edited our surroundings to the point where we very rarely exist in solely natural spaces? How we organize and utilize these elements is indicative of how we move through our reality. If we remove these objects from the pretense of our created structures, what sort of society would it represent? What can we tell about a point in time remembered only through the objects left behind and in what arrangements they are found?
Everybody is curating a personal record through their purchasing of material good and subsequent organization in their home. Whether this organization is conscious or not, its still participating in a system of placement even if it is arbitrary in its practice. Through multiples and repetition we can start building a larger narrative to coincide with organizational patterns. Using singular organic objects that lack the pretense of more crafted material allows for a broader interpretation of the systems at work.
These drawings and prints are organizational relics produced to draw meaning from relation and placement. They are fully aware of the physical laws that exist in our reality, but participate optionally in them. The materials and objects are only indicators of what their relation to each other and their environment was, given meaning in their organizational systems. Being frail relics awash in the passage of time, much of their prior significance is lost through organization and reorganization, leaving only a glimpse of their prior adaptations.
Floaters, © 2014 Will Buhler, mixed media on paper, 8.5”x11”