Pavel Büchler

Mar 22, 2011 - Apr 17, 2011

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Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011) [detail], 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

 

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011), 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

 

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011), 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011), 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011) [detail], 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011) [detail], 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011) [detail], 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011) [detail], 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011), 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011), 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Pavel Büchler, Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011) [detail], 2008 - 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

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Czech-born, Manchester-based artist Pavel Büchler has long been an influential teacher and writer, whose work is characterized by a reworking of images, objects and experiences, as he fuses conventional visual languages with disruptive and intuitive acts of reapplication and re-purposing. 

His works range from large-scale installations using old-style audiovisual technology, to text works and meticulous conceptual drawings, to minimal gestures such as a video paused on a TV screen for a year. Describing his practice as "making nothing happen," he attends to the catalytic nature of art, and the potential for the seemingly banal to be exposed for its strangeness.

In the Front Room, Büchler presents Work (All the cigarette breaks, October 2008 - February 2011) (2008-2011). Comprising over 800 individual pictures, this large-scale composite takes its largest form to date. Created by CAM staff according to his instructions, Work documents every smoking break Büchler has taken while installing exhibitions over a two-year period. This by-product and partial document of the artist's exhibition-making over time allows him to trace the places, people and institutions he has encountered, while creating a subtle suggestion of his presence even when “absent.” Nearly filling a large wall in The Front Room, Büchler’s presentation represents a picture of social exchange, solitary contemplation, and the interstitial spaces of art-making.

 

Sponsors

Major exhibition support is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; William E. Weiss Foundation; and Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown. General operating support is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Missouri Cultural Trust; Regional Arts Commission; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.