Joseph Buckley

Undergraduate Discipline

Visual and Studio Arts

BA, Goldsmiths, University of London. MFA, Yale School of Art. An artist based in New York City, Buckley’s work brings a formidable knowledge of science-fictional premises, traumas, and catastrophes into uncomfortable proximity with contemporary class and race politics. Through a critical sculptural practice, he foregrounds the violence of fabrication as an analogue for the social reproduction of inequality, bigotry, and ecological collapse. Selected solo projects include Despair Engine, Island Gallery, New York City; Cannibal Galaxies, Specialist Gallery, Seattle; Letter From the Home Office, Lock Up International, London; Traitor Muscle, Art in General, New York; and Brotherhood Tapestry, The Tetley, Leeds. Selected group exhibitions include: The Secret Realm of Thrills and Concealment, Afternoon Projects/BROWNIE Project, Shanghai; Phantom Sculpture, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry; Poor Things, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh; Friends & Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Trouble in Outer Heaven: Portable Ops Plus, Southwark Park Gallery, London; and I Don’t Know Whether The Earth is Spinning or Not..., Museum of Moscow, Moscow. In 2021, he received a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. Buckley also teaches in the Sculpture Departments at Brooklyn College and Yale School of Art. SLC, 2024–

Undergraduate Courses 2024-2025

Visual and Studio Arts

Moldmaking: As Metaphor and as Process

Open, Seminar—Fall

ARTS 3139

This class will explore various methods and techniques for sculptural moldmaking, ranging from the traditional to the experimental. Alongside the technical development of skills and workflows, there will be a series of lectures, readings, and discussions wherein we tease out the conceptual, poetic, and psychic implications and potential of moldmaking in a radical and expanded sense. What does the mold represent as an object? Is it a tool or a work unto itself? How far can we stretch the definition of moldmaking? How widely can we apply its processes?

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