Buck's body of work stages encounters between objects and viewers. His work is poetic, engaging, visceral and sometimes violent. Buck uses a myriad of materials including wound filler, skulls, film, lithography, paint and photography. In an on-going series of drawings he uses text and imagery from personality assessment tests and psychological case studies. The incorporation of previous drawings and the use of latent finger print powder evince palimpsests of poignant or troubled psychologies.
Buck has described his artwork as having been a means to create an index by which he could make sense of earlier, often traumatic experiences that at the time he could not bear, symbolise or make legible so as to endure or transcend them. Evidence of this struggle infuses the work in the form of bodies, wounds, holes, camouflage, mimicry, memorials, erasures, guilt, corruption, sex, and death.
Recent solo exhibitions include; Iceberg Projects, Chicago, USA (2015); ‘The Shrine (from e to u)', installation at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA (2015); ‘New Work', CRG Gallery, New York, USA (2014); ‘Robert Beck/Robert Buck: Collected Works', Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada (2013); ‘iPainting (Smoke Screens)', Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA (2009); ‘Robert Buck: Kahpenakwu', CRG Gallery, New York, USA (2012).
Recent group exhibitions include; ‘Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime', Wellcome Collection, London, England (2015); ‘Robert Gober: The Heart is not a Metaphor', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2014); ‘Love AIDS Riot Sex, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V. (NGBK)', Berlin, Germany (2013); ‘Toxic Communications', LUX, London, England (2012); ‘The Air We Breathe', San Francisco Museum of Art, California, USA (2012-2011); ‘Of Other Spaces, Bureau for Open Culture' at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2009); and ‘Beyond A Memorable Fancy', Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, USA (2008).
Buck's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Zabludowicz Collection, London, England; J. Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA.