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Bruce Busby: Super Faulty Reconfiguration

Project Room 1 May 24–Aug 9, 2008

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Bruce Busby, PRO-CRAQUE #SFBAY806 (Profound Creativity Amplification Quake, San Francisco Bay Area), 2006

Investigating the idea that there are impurities and ”inhibitants” in our atmosphere that cause creative blockage, frustration, inefficiency, and confusion, Bruce Busby creates environments, Creativity Enhancement Shelters, in which we can escape these negative forces and regain peace of mind and the ability to think clearly. Designed, cut, and sewn by the artist, the nylon shelters take on a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and color combinations, and appear as idiosyncratic tents. From bifurcated and curvilinear structures to objects suggesting cutting-edge teepees, Busby’s shelters include transparent sections, mesh windows, and even, in some cases, a central oculus that imparts a chapel-like environment, perfect for reflection and contemplation. The structures shield their users both physically and conceptually from the vices of the urban landscape. Though sturdy, tensile, and self-supporting, all of Busby’s shelters are also completely collapsible and transportable, so that one’s filtration system can be taken along and erected anywhere.

For his first museum exhibition at SMMoA, Busby created an installation including a new large-scale shelter that is modular and can be attached to any number of other like structures through a system of quick-release buckles and zippers. While his shelters are structured around concepts of mobility and flexibility, Busby’s new drawings have a geographic specificity. Included in the exhibition were a series of Busby’s Creativity Amplification Quakes (CRAQUE) drawings, depicting intricate, billowing clouds of contamination rising from the actual fault lines of the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas. These lush, detailed renderings have a rich, almost baroque handling, belying a sinister, fluid, and pervading energy that rises from and swirls around the land. Busby began the series as a way to diagram and become intimately reacquainted with the simultaneously beautiful and dangerous California topography. By articulating the literal cracks within these particular landscapes, Busby links the work both to his Bay Area home and to the Santa Monica Museum of Art.