Laura Buckley
Laura Buckley, Mechanical Poem, 2007, installation view, Material Presence, 2008 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Stephen White


Fusing together sculptural installation and moving image, Laura Buckley investigates the potential of light, sound and surface. The works overwhelm the gallery space, employing reflective materials and sculptural objects to bathe the viewer in projected light. Blurring the boundaries between artwork and gallery space, the installations reveal their own technicality and disrupt the conventions of display. Recordings from the artist’s daily life are combined with experimental sound and colour compositions, which often investigate their own materiality. Using scanners, Buckley feeds distorted digital prints back into video, creating a meshing of body and technologies.

In Mechanical Poem, Laura Buckley draws on the painterly techniques she developed during her early career, transferring them to sculpture and moving image work to create a physical and visual presence from light rather than paint. In Cubic 1, rotating reflective surfaces throw a projection around the space, casting distorted versions of the original digital video onto the walls and other sculptures. In Cubic 2, Buckley incorporates the projector into the sculpture, revealing the materials and processes that make up the work.

Buckley's work has been exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Recent solo shows include Fata Morgana, Cell Project Space, London, 2012; The Mean Reds, Supplement, London, 2011; and Waterlilies, mothers tankstation, Dublin, 2010. Group shows include S.A.G.S, The Woodmill, London, 2011; The Dissolution of Time and Space, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, 2011; Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Prize, Stephen Freidman Gallery, London, 2010; Lightbox, Volta 6, Basel, 2010; It's A Sin: The Derek Jarman Film Programme, The Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008; Material Presence, Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2008; and Future Map, The Arts Gallery, London, 2007.

LAURA BUCKLEY was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1977. She currently lives and works in London, UK.