press release

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia presents the exhibition Time Proxies by Matthew Buckingham (Nevada, Iowa, 1963) in which visitors can appreciate the artist’s varied use of media and formats.

Time Proxies is Buckingham’s first solo exhibition in Spain, entailing a selection of works that map out and question different processes of memory oscillating between remembrance and reality. His oeuvre speaks to the ambiguities of time—and of creating a psychological time—that presents one way of understanding the past through biography. The exhibition also includes the work Detour, on display at the Opera station in the Madrid underground.

In his work, Buckingham invites viewers to reconsider basic and universal notions particularly related to experiencing time, constructing the present and narrating the past. The artist proposes reflecting on means of recording and approaching time, as well as on the limits of human perception in a counterpoint that compares the speed of light to the slow passing of geological time. The artist also calls into question the traditional notion of global history (by pointing out the impossibility of creating one history alone, in reality composed by local and subjective narratives), while recognizing that time is a cognitive construction that mediates one’s relationship to others and to one’s own surroundings.

Matthew Buckingham. Time Proxies.

Dates: July 01 - September 27, 2009 Place : Building A, Sabatini, Level 4, Rooms 402 y 404, Metro de Madrid, Ópera Metro station. etro station. Organized by: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Curated by: Lynne Cooke Coordinated by: Francisco Godoy

Matthew Buckingham. Time Proxies.
Kurator: Lynne Cooke