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David Buchan
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David Buchan

David W. Buchan (1950-1994, Canada). Between 1975-85, he was primarily employed at Art Metropole. His association with Art Metropole and especially with its founders, General Idea, would continue to be a vital source of personal and professional support throughout his life. During the mid-1970’s to mid-1980’s Buchan’s artistic production was largely performance based and consisted of multi-media productions. In addition to performance art, Buchan produced photo-text works and works in the form of magazine pages which featured parodies of post-war advertising, and in keeping with his performance pieces, functioned as popular culture commentaries. Beginning in 1984, Buchan began to produce cibachrome transparencies, cibachrome prints and duro-transparencies, often working on a large scale. These photographic works represent a continuation of Buchan’s earlier work in terms of their interest in visual and popular culture. In producing these photo-based works Buchan used contemporary advertising as well as historical paintings as source images. Throughout his artistic career Buchan produced work that contains autobiographic points of reference and employed not only himself, but also friends, as models. In conjunction with his artistic career Buchan worked as a graphic designer, for twelve years producing a variety of publications and exhibition related material for numerous individuals and organizations in the Toronto milieu.