Saskatoon-based artist Clint Neufeld presents work that honours the beauty of design and craftsmanship in everyday objects. Ranging from classic engines to fine china design, these objects are not as disparate as you may first think. Join Neufeld for an artist talk and reception celebrating his new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Aug 16-Oct 28).
These objects document and record a time past, an era before planned obsolescence took precedence, when there was quality, beauty and craftsmanship in functional everyday objects. What engages Neufeld is not only the structure of these objects but the history and context implied by the materials used to make them. How they are shaped or manipulated into new forms enriches the context and meaning of that visual language. These works play with the characteristics imposed or expected of the material. In his new series of light boxes, Neufeld uses a clean contemporary aesthetic in building the frames that contain silhouette like portraits of three opulent subjects: the peacock, the Trans-Am, and the chandelier.