"You're subject to what you find. That's a great challenge that I embrace," Buxton said. "You have to be open to those happy situations."
An exhibit of Buxton's found-object sculptures is up now at 100
Buxton grew up poor in
"It takes away my control. I must work with what I have. I liked that," he said. "When you fabricate, you plan out, it's predictable. [With found objects], it's not all that predictable anymore. I go with the flow."
He attaches chair parts, table parts, dishes, rope, a little tea set, a crutch, a wall sconce, wheels, curtain rings, lawn chairs, a cane and other discarded items into lively assemblages painted in a variety of bold, solid colors.
Sometimes it takes him months to figure out what he's going to do with the items he picks, and sometimes it takes him months to figure out, after creating a sculpture, what color it will be. He waits until something clicks in his head. "I'm gonna use everything," he said. "I don't know when, but I'm gonna use it."
"A CELEBRATION OF THE CREATIVE SPIRIT" will be at 100
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