Space Oddity

A DIY Odyssey by Tom Buckland.

Space Oddity

Tom Buckland

West Gallery

26 November 2021 – 6 February 2022

In a typical late nineties living room, lying on the floor and bathed in blue light from a flickering TV, a young Tom Buckland becomes transfixed with science fiction. Many long hours were spent absorbed in these far away alien fantasy worlds crafting spacesuits and spaceships from toilet rolls, cereal boxes, egg cartons and whatever else could be scavenged. This was the beginning of a lifetime fascination with science fiction, theatre and making. 1968’s seminal science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick was one such movie that left a deep impression on a young Buckland. It’s a deeply fascinating and mysterious film, a psychedelic mind-bending journey through space and time in which Kubrick redefined the limits of film-making. In a nostalgic reflection on the multitudes of homemade cardboard starships and moon-bases of his youth, a now slightly taller Buckland will attempt to lovingly rebuild, recreate and refilm this iconic movie entirely within the gallery space. A love letter to science fiction, making and the power of childhood imagination.

About the artist

Tom Buckland deals in a correspondence of imaginary worlds, his work heavily influenced by a fascination with fantasy and science fiction and topped off with a refined, joyful absurdism. Buckland is a voracious bricolagist and collector of found objects with which he creates work that is emphatically process-orientated, proudly displaying a unique DIY spirit. He also plays with audience interaction, demolishing the invisible barrier between onlooker and artwork. Buckland graduated from the Australian National University School of Art with Honours in 2015 and has exhibited widely across Australia.

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