Renderings: A series of works using 3d rendering software, depicting strange landscapes with an uncanny edge to them. The images are born out of algorithms, the out come is something between drawing and digital art/photography. I create a virtual 3d environment, then place a virtual camera and take a shot, then the image is rendered, almost like a photographer using a dark room, the image slowly materialises.
A Homage to Billy: A series of photographs inspired by alien contactee Billy Meier. Meier created videos and photographs of UFOs, claiming to be visited by aliens who gave him interstellar messages. Many of his images depict flying saucers hovering in trees, most in the Ufolgy community believe he is a fake, but there are still a hardcore group of people who still believe in his story and images. Even though it is evident that the flying saucers are made from dustbin lids and/or cake molds.
Texts from writers and art critics: "Richard Starbuck is a collector of the mysterious and the strange, and his favorite hunting ground is America. "I have always looked to America for strange stories. Throughout the years I have listened to US radio shows like Coast To Coast AM, and in turn their fascinating subjects have crept into my work." Focusing on the phenomena of UFOs and cow mutilation, Starbuck's work is a personal snapshot of counterculture through a psychedelic monoscope." - Hendershot Gallery NY
"The black mane of hair which fills many of these works, acts as a trope for mystery and concealment. It is what we cannot see, but suspect is there, which is more alluring – or terrifying. The hair functions like a stage curtain, a semi-permeable integument which separates us from the unknown. Starbuck has long been fascinated by various underground belief systems, from ufology and cattle mutilation (see his earlier series Strange Harvest III and Strange Harvest II) to alien abduction and corn circles. It is not so much that the artist himself has a belief in any of these cult phenomena; it is more particularly a fascination with the social and psychological systems of belief which underpin them." - Richard Dyer (Art critic and Editor in Chief of Third Text, the international scholarly journal which offers critical perspectives on contemporary art and culture)
"Using hair as a signifier, Starbuck’s works focus on concealment and suggestion, hinting at what could be lurking just out of sight. In his oil paintings, disembodied masses of heavy black hair twist and coil like snakes, bringing to mind the sinister black-haired entity in the Japanese horror film ‘Ring’ (‘Ringu’). Meanwhile, his sculptures of everyday objects draped in thick hair suggest strange creatures. Starbuck taps into that common childhood fear of the dark, in which inanimate objects transform swiftly into monsters, and dark shadows take on sinister shapes." - Emma de Clercq (Infringe Magazine)