Hidden Picture (Buried)


Robert Buck ( American, 1959 )

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General Description

Based on a "hidden pictures" game from the children's magazine Highlights (often found in pediatrician's offices), Robert Beck's work plays with the acts of drawing and erasure. He first faithfully copied the design and its caption. He then erased everything but the boy, who floats above the text, "buried" among the vast whiteness of the paper. "I am interested in drawing conceptually as a markmaking endeavor," Beck has written, "from its traditional art making applications to its more humble, everyday manifestation." Both a process and a finished product, drawing is a medium that allows Beck to explore the play between absence and presence, and the emotional, often difficult journey through childhood and adolescence.

Adapted from

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 58.