We are doing @36daysoftype again!
10 April, 2019

We are doing @36daysoftype over at our other…

We are doing @36daysoftype over at @collection_typeface. You will totally want to follow! This year’s theme are all painted, wooden letters! They are fun 🤡

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Work in Progress
5 December, 2017

Currently working on some new letter sculptures. You can see more from this typeface and project over at our instagram account: Collection Typeface.

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Working on some analog type design lately
27 April, 2017

This 5.3kg pile of paper is on its way to being an »&«.

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Untitled (Alphabet Tornado)
12 November, 2016

From the archives, this is one of the final ceramic pieces I created in my university studio in 2006. It’s porcelain, about 18in tall, and featuring the entire uppercase A-Z from the typeface Skia.

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M & W Sculptures
31 March, 2016

M & W sculpture
M & W sculpture

These wall pieces can be hung in two directions, so both the M & W can be W & M.

7in x 8.5in x 4in
salt fired stoneware, gold leaf, metallic paint, epoxy resin
letters come from the typeface Mason Serif, 1992 by Jonathan Barnbrook

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Found this old photo of a small ceramic piece
2 October, 2015

Found this old photo of a small ceramic...

Found this old photo of a small ceramic piece I made about a decade ago. Ampersand is from Emigre’s Platelet.

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The Lost & Forgotten H⁴ Sculpture, Rediscovered
29 July, 2015

This never-to-be-finished piece slipped my mind until I recently came across some photos from 2005. It is seen here as raw, black stoneware clay (but totally dry and ready to be bisque fired) with white slip. But being a part of a broader series, I decided to include it in its in-progress state for a class critique. And lucky I took these photos because they are the only documentation of it. I can’t remember exactly what happened, but it was somehow destroyed before or during one of the firings.

I can’t recall the exact sources of the 4 different H’s used, but I believe they were all different weights and widths of Univers.

It was fairly large and heavy – the H’s were about 12 inches tall.

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Roman Letters
3 July, 2013

From the archives, these photos were made back in 2007 during the Reading trip to Rome. The concept is along similar lines to my ‘left out letters’ series as an excuse to make, shoot, and share letters in a foreign city. The complete alphabet it made up of miscellaneous letters that I was looking at during the course of my MA studies, they are examples of individual characters I found interesting and beautiful at the time. All images were taken around Rome everywhere from obscure alleys to the biggest tourist spots. The forum, Pantheon, Trajan’s column, Vatican City – all the big spots can be seen here.

The letters are made of paper, hand cut and folded. They were approximately 3×5 inches.


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Part of the ugliest letter I’ve ever created
12 December, 2011

It’s gnarly!

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David Buckingham: Hung Like Elvis
3 September, 2011

Pics from the opening party.

From Kit Schulte Gallery:

2. September bis 15. October 2011

Kit Schulte Contemporary Art starts the new season with the second solo exhibition Hung Like Elvis by American artist David Buckingham, celebrating the 2 year anniversary of the gallery in Berlin.

Buckingham’s sculptures are made of found metal seem deceptively simple, yet are brilliantly executed in technique and full of humor. Many of his artworks involve wordplay, challenging the viewer at first to decipher and recognize movie quotes or pop-culture phrases, charging the moment of recognition with active engagement, significance and amusement. For Hung Like Elvis, he created works reflecting elements of postwar American culture and a divided Germany, weaving in icons with subtle humor, irony and sarkasm.

For my Berlin show, I’ve decided to make a Luger, which is emblematic of Germany and has been made there for more than a century. As a kid I grew up watching Hogan’s Heroes, a TV show about crafty Americans in a German POW camp during WWII. That was my first experience with German/USA relations, through a situation comedy, complete with laugh track. Both Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz carried Lugers, so it seems natural that I make a Luger for this show.
—David Buckingham

Authoritarian relationships were newly interpreted in pop culture and had, with the American easiness, a liberating impact for Germany’s postwar generation. The lingering ideal of the military soldier was replaced with the rock ‘n’ roll hero Elvis Presley, and rebels like James Dean or Marlon Brando were glorified. While Germany was undergoing a serious and critical self-reflection on the Holocaust, America handled the experiences in a much lighter way, inventing situation comedies like Hogan’s Heroes, with Sergeant Schultz, a basically good-hearted man who, when confronted by evidence of prisoners’ covert activities, simply looked the other way, repeating “I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing“. Even though the entertainment industry is Buckingham’s greatest resource, he also refers to political events. An example is the declaration “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) from John F. Kennedy’s speech on 26th of June in 1963 in front of Schöneberg’s city hall. The four words went around the world and are now part of our collective memory.

Buckingham’s sculptures are part of American popular culture: he plays with the disrespect inspired by stories of youthful rebellion and the provocative, blatant, even intentionally vulgar and cheesy forms of expression that violate socially established norms of taste. Hung Like Elvis, as the exhibition title, clearly sums it up.

David Buckingham was raised in New Orleans and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the Rivington School in New York City, and has shown in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, New York and Chicago. His work has been included in an exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum, and in several private collections throughout the United States and Germany.

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P.D.A. (part 5): Amstel River, Amsterdam
1 May, 2010


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P.D.A. (part 4): Singel, Amsterdam
11 April, 2010


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