Nola born, Los Angeles resident David Buckingham scrounges L.A.'s peripheries for colorful scrap metal like the bits he once cut from the Charlie Manson family's long abandoned school bus. A former ad writer, words come naturally to him, but are now rendered as, sometimes ambiguous, commentaries in cut steel. Here rust-tinged, colorfully enameled letters spelling MEH! suggest indifference as a kind ofspectacle; and a cheerfully colorful cross cobbled from metal letters says "Vanilla" if read vertically, but spells "Kinky" when read horizontally. If this seems nihilistic, his background with a cabal of anarchist welders may have influenced his acerbic outlook--a quality especially obvious in a piece that features multicolored dots that spell out a rude message, and another that functions as a parting shot: Shut Up! ~Bookhardt / Strike Anywhere: Giant Metal Matchbooks by Skylar Fein; Strong Medicine: Metal sculpture by David Buckingham; Children of the Night: Collaborative Paintings by Skylar Fein and MRSA; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400A Julia St., 522-5471.
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