An Ann Arbor MI native and Newburgh NY resident, Orin works in visual, audio and computer arts. Having pursued English and history majors at the University of Michigan, he is mostly self-trained in painting, photography, videography, computer programming and music. In his teens Orin began painting seriously and playing bass guitar in bands. In the 1980s he began creating algorithmic computer music/graphic videos, attempting to unite his visual and musical interests in one medium. He made computer art videos for events and for public access television and went on to bring photographic and audio engineering skills to his video art. For over 10 years he played bass in the eclectic New York rock band Fist of Kindness (fistofkindness.com). He works professionally in web design, graphic design, and videography. Orin exhibits computer art (lightdreams.tv), video art, photography, and painting (orinbuck.com).
I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.from: Joan Miro: Selected Writings and Interviews, M.Rowell, Thames and Hudson, 1987
While painting, drawing and music are basic modes of expression that I will always practice, I believe that newer media like photography, video and audio recording, and computer arts are basic tools of expression that artists should be familiar with. Having explored a variety of modes in these new media, I find that they bring out different aspects of my artistic involvement with the world.
In painting and drawing I explore the possibilities of abstract art as they were revealed in the 20th century. Abstract art came partly from an attempt to find a visual equivalent to music, and much my 2D work can be seen as little songs of line and color.
I express my love of landscape and the textures of nature in photography and some of the video. “Clouds Inside” and “Two Minutes, 2012, San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area” can be viewed as landscape photography that has added dimensions: time and sound.
In addition to straight video, some of my video art (such as “Sitting Dance”) utilizes overlays, time distortion and other effects to make objects for the senses that are meant to be seen more than once, just as you would experience a painting. The computer artworks are algorithmic compositions that endlessly generate new images. I hope to someday see them in one of the new emerging formats for video art: framed monitors hanging on the wall like paintings.
Exhibitions, Video Releases and Installations
Society of Japanese and American Creators Third Annual Exhibition SJAC 2019 June 25 – July 1, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, NY
Attractive Summer Paper Plate Art Exhibition, August 10 – 31, Sans Quoi, Tamano City, Okayama Japan
"Sitting Dance" video in 'gallery onetwentyeight LES NY', Sept. 1 – 15, Hofkabinett, Linz, Austria
Body Music video premiere, Full Moon Audio Visual Series IV, March 20, Gershwin Hotel, New York NY
Transfer of Intelligence video premiere, Full Moon Audio Visual Series II, Sept. 23, Gershwin Hotel, New York NY
Video for Full Moon Audio Visual Series I, March 29, Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn NY
Photographs (solo show), Sept. 21 – Nov. 16, Amarin Café, Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY
Men on Maps, Sept. 3 – Oct. 10, Haven Arts Gallery, Bronx NY
Sun Pictures to MegaPixels: Archaic Process & Digital Process (photography), Sept. 27 – Nov. 4, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn NY
Lines From Beauty, Sept. 5 – Nov. 9, Amarin Café, Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY
No Ads (paintings) in Art on the Bowery, July 21, 1st Annual Village Voice Siren Music Festival, Coney Island, Brooklyn NY
Williamsburg Salon & Williamsburg / Greenpoint Artists Group Show, Sept. 9 – 24, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn NY
Conceived, supervised and created work for multimedia lobby installations for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor MI
Motor City Revue: 50 Detroit Artists (painting in group show), Sept. 10 – 29, Michigan Gallery, Detroit MI
Sleep (solo installation with video, audio, sculpture, painting and drawing), 111 Art, Ann Arbor MI
Drawings from the Model, Eyemediae Gallery, Ann Arbor MI
Light Dreams premiere (solo show), 111 Art, Ann Arbor MI
Computer Art I, II & III (with Chris Chapman), Ann Arbor Community Access Television, Ann Arbor MI
Computer art videos in Michigan Film/Video Series, Eyemediae, Ann Arbor MI
Arts Editor and art news column "Arts Agenda," for Agenda, Ann Arbor's Alternative Newsmonthly, November 1994 – January 1997
lightdreams-tv @ Deviant Art
Buck Art (additional art services)
My wife Sanae Maeda Buck's video documentation and art