The title of the exhibition refers to a theory of Time in modern physics, which suggests that everything that it is possible to be, to become, or has been, is already there laid out like a map of some places we have visited and some not yet. Time does not flow, it just is, and that the way we experience time is an illusion which we can’t fix.
Time, Memory and Language are dominant themes in John’s artwork. In Smile Memory, images formed by the impact of time on surface and structure create their own language and narratives while Maybe Berlin, inspired by his poem of the same title, draws on a world of shadows, of glimpses from memory of what has been and of what might yet still be on its way.
John Bucklow studied Painting, Sculpture, and Printmaking at Camberwell College Of Art – now part of the London Institute.
After graduating he worked in industrial design, marketing, international trade, and publishing.
An exhibitor at the founding exhibition of the British Computer Art Society his work since has included performance, dance, video, motion graphics, photography, installation, sculpture, and writing.
Since 2005 he has focused on building his art practice in Wellington.
He is the author of Navigator (photography) published in UK by Greenwich Exchange and has exhibited his photography and multimedia art in UK, Europe and New Zealand.
In 2007 he was one of two New Zealand video artists chosen for the Virtual Residency exhibition cycle in Germany.
His work is included in private collections and at the Victoria & Albert museum in London.