Hawks and Handsaws: A series of watercolors and prints from Shakespeare's Garden and Birdlands, by Ken Buhler
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
The work in this exhibition has language at its root. Over the past few years, the language Shakespeare uses to describe the natural world has enamored me. In turn, this text has become a new source for my visual ideas.
The Birdlands prints are a series of images that draw inspiration from unusual and poetic names of actual birds. In the prints, the image I created is juxtaposed to the work of the poet Cecily Parks, who responded to the same bird names with her text.
“When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
from Hamlet, by Shakespeare
Ken Buhler’s solo exhibitions include shows at Lesley Heller Gallery, O’Hara Gallery, Michael Walls Gallery and the Beach Museum of Art, Kansas. His work is also part of many public and private collections, including the Wichita Museum of Fine Art, the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, the Maslow Collection, IBM and the Ulrich Museum of Fine Arts, Wichita, Kansas. Buhler has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from noted institutions and is an artist in residence in the Studio Arts Program at Bard College, where he has taught since 2000. He lives and works in Brooklyn and in Masonville, NY.
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