Todd Van Buskirk (b.1970, United States) is a trash compactor in Minnesota. He has a BA in Animation Graphics from the Southwestern University of Visual Arts. Van Buskirk tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
His artworks question the conditions of appearance in which images, representations and ideas normally function in printed or digital media. By investigating language, he presents allusions to text, music, painting and drawing.
His works focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. With the use of book design and titles, he tries to grasp language.
Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, lots of ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface.