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Diane Buckler

Krygier/Landau Contemporary Art

Black Absolute, Emerald Pearl, and Red Rose: these are some names of types of granite on which Diane Buckler’s apparitionlike, floating images seem to be delicately etched. (Actually, they’re sandblasted into a photographic emulsion placed against the rectangular, picture-sized chunks of reddish or black polished stone.) Buckler’s unmoored, tilting, and levitating representations of classical statues and retiring nudes, her aerial views of cities and stone cherubs, are presented in gently tumbling, loosened hierarchies buffered by lots of red or black voidlike space. These works have an expansive, nocturnal feel because of how strongly the black granite resembles a section of night sky flecked with stars. They might call to mind the gently swirling presleep thoughts of some drowsing art historian, a dreamy synthesis of pictures she has pored over all day. The image fragments look both

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