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  • Rick Buckley
    'Black Bile 84'
  • 18 January to 14 March 2015
  • Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm, until Saturday 14 March 2015

Focal Point Gallery is pleased to present a new series of works by Southend-born artist, Rick Buckley. Split between the gallery and the Pavilion at the end of Southend’s pier, this is the first time the gallery has installed work on this iconic landmark.

In the Pavilion’s main space, Buckley presents a three screen video installation, End of The Pier, which is shot on and around this 1.2 mile structure throughout the night and inspired by the pier’s eventful history of fires and vessel collisions. The work examines the structure in detail, from the abandoned lower decks, to the deep piles that connect it to the shoreline. The pier is built on the

prime habitat of local Oysters, which feature prominently in the film, clinging to the pier’s ageing metalwork. Filmed using Steadicam technology, the hauntingly vacant imagery, infers a malevolent force at work in the pier’s unlucky history and alludes to these benign molluscs’ role in these reoccurring disasters.

The project’s title ‘Black Bile 84’ alludes to ancient medicinal practices and belief that the body was comprised of four humours, in which the excess production of black bile within the spleen, was believed to resulted in an emotional state of melancholia. By splitting the art works between two ends of the town, the audience is also physically and psychically directed through the town – an extension of the artist’s wider interest in metaphysical journeys.

Both parts of the project consider the extent to which Southend-on-Sea is changing. While this fits in amongst broader discussions of regeneration in regional coastal towns, Buckley presents a deliberately subjective appraisal, following his departure from the town and desire to consider the personal implications of transformations to its fabric.

About the artist:
Rick Buckley was born in Westcliff-on-Sea in 1962 and currently lives and works in Berlin. Buckley has exhibited in institutions including, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2014), CGP, London (2013), Autocenter, Berlin (2012), Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2012), QUAD, Derby (2009/2010), Pump House Gallery, London (2009/2010) and Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2009/2010).

'Black Bile 84' is open to the public on the following days:

Focal Point Gallery:
Tuesday to Friday – 10.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday – 10.00am to 5.00pm

Southend Pier:
Wednesday to Sunday – 10.00am to 4.00pm