Celia Neubauer: Oblivion
June 26 – August 18
1520 Queen St. W. Toronto Canada M6R 1A4 Tel. 416-821-3060
Hours: Wed. – Sat. 12– 6 pm
General Hardware Contemporary is pleased to present Oblivion, Celia Neubauer’s second solo exhibition at GHC.
Toronto based artist Celia Neubauer continues to explore landscape themes that are both imaginary and dreamlike. The architectural forms and partial screens that were so prominent in her earlier work have given way to reveal new worlds that look celestial in nature. Rock formations, so integral in Asian painting, appear immaterial as if born from gaseous vapor.
This shift from the terrestrial world to a celestial one seems fitting in light of recent discoveries of exo planets and other worlds beyond our solar system. As an inquisitive voyeur, Neubauer’s paintings depict worlds not yet seen. Like artists’ recreations, they depict worlds thousands of light years away.
Oblivion not only marks a shift in influence but a return to earlier investigations surrounding light and its mysterious qualities. A small but robust series of paintings on Mylar illustrate earlier investigations from 1999. Their inclusion provides a small retrospective that fits with Neubauer’s ephemeral take on all things cosmic.
The peculiarities of light and space reassert themselves on a new stage. Hallucinogenic and hypnotic Neubauer continues to mine the immaterial realms of time and space.
Neubauer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University and earned a Higher Diploma at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England and has exhibited her work internationally. Her work is included in the collections of BMO Financial Group, Canada Life, Four Seasons (Dubai), the Donovan Collection, Hewlett – Packard Canada Ltd., Live Entertainment of Canada Inc., Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board, Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington and many private collections. She has taught at Queen’s University; the University of Guelph; the University of Toronto School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and is presently teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art. Neubauer’s paintings have been featured in various publications such as Design Lines Magazine and Carte Blanche 2: Painting.
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