Now in the Gallery: Mark Bueno's Ghost Light

Published: Feb. 3, 2017

BMoCA at Macky
Mark Bueno: Ghost Lights
January 17 – March 24, 2017

BMoCA at MACKY, an exciting collaboration between Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Macky Auditorium, is located in the Gallery of the hall at the University of Colorado Boulder. This series of exhibitions is curated by BMoCA as an extension to its rotating exhibition schedule.The last edition of BMoCA at MACKY presents an exhibition by Mark Bueno.

Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and to ticketed patrons during Macky Auditorium performances and events (dates and times may vary without notice depending on other scheduled events and/or Macky concert operations).

Ghost Lights

Mark Bueno - Ghost LightGhost Lights features a new series of painted wood panels by Colorado-based artist Mark Bueno. The works explore ‘ghost lights,’ luminescent balls of light often seen floating in nature before quickly retreating. Sightings of these mysterious, orb-like natural phenomena have occurred all over the world and throughout time have been attributed to the supernatural. In folklore, these beams of energy are represented as spirits, ghosts, or angels, said to contain souls released from the body after life. Bueno has a long-standing interest in traditions of storytelling, especially related to superstitions. He is fascinated by the power of paranormal presence to continually elicit curiosity in other realms of existence and creates work that embodies and engages this curious energy.

Using spray paint, masking tape, and stencil techniques on custom circle wood panels, Bueno creates layers of colors, lines, and radial symmetry in hypnotic, abstracted patterns that pull us inward. In some senses, Bueno’s works become symbols to document lives that once were; now set off into the unknown. While Bueno transfers his overall belief in the positive effects these unknown deposits of energy can have on us, there is something not completely resolved, almost a quiet superstition to their form—one that resembles a shield to protect oneself from any evil that may remain hidden in the darkness.

Mark Bueno (b. 1975, Texas) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Bueno is known for using plywood as his primary medium on which he creates painted imagery inspired by his family’s background in quilting and his interest in hand-made stencils and graffiti art. He lives in Denver, Colorado and exhibits his work nationally and internationally.

*BMoCA at Macky* is an exhibition series presented by the museum in collaboration with Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, University of Colorado Boulder. Presented in the Andrew J. Macky Gallery in the foyer of the Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, the gallery is located at the intersection of 17th Street and University Avenue on the CU Boulder campus. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm and to ticketed patrons during Macky Auditorium performances and events.

The exhibition is part of BMoCA at Macky, an off-site exhibition series presented by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) in collaboration with Macky Auditorium Concert Hall. Visit bmoca.org for more information.