1 See T.S. Eliot, ìThe Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.î
2 In the basement gallery, three light boxes act as a kind of illustrated subtext to the show. Depicting icons of obsolescence and ostentation (a Trans Am, a chandelier, and a peacock), their relationship to the work above is as ambiguous as was Magritteís contention about a painted pipe: Ceci níest pas une pipe. As captions to the work aboveground, these images both underscore their ornamental quality (these objects donít work) and point to the way their context modifies their function (they work as art).
Clint Neufeld was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan and currently lives and works on an acreage near the town of Osler, SK. Prior to pursuing a career in art, Neufeld spent three years with the Canadian military, which included a deployment to the former Yugoslavia in 1994. After a failed attempt pursuing a career as a firefighter, Neufeld began his BFA at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and finished at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. In 2006 he completed his MFA at Concordia University in Montreal. Since then, his works have been shown in public galleries across the country and have been acquired into several public collections. Currently, Neufeldís work is featured in the groundbreaking exhibition, Oh, Canada, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. He is represented by Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon.
Heather White is a Toronto-based writer currently compelled by experimental intersections of fiction and criticism. Her texts on art have recently appeared on ArtSync.ca, in C Magazine, and alongside exhibitions in Toronto galleries. She holds a BA in Contemporary Studies and History from the University of Kingís College, Halifax (2007), and an MA in Philosophy and Art from SUNY Stony Brook at Manhattan (2009). She was awarded a writing prize by the Canadian Art Foundation in 2012.
Design: Tony Hewer | Editing: Shannon Anderson | Photos: Toni Hafkenscheid
Digital publication to the exhibition Clint Neufeld: Pipe Dreams of Madame Récamier
Presented by the Koffler Gallery Off-Site at General Hardware Contemporary
1520 Queen St. West., Toronto
January 10 to March 3, 2013 | Curator: Mona Filip
© Koffler Centre of the Arts, 2013, in collaboration with the individual contributors. All rights reserved. ISBN 978-0-920863-97-8.