Click here to download CV
Click here to download CV
Manny Neubacher’s latest series “New Crop” embraces the Canadian North. The essence of his time spent painting in his 1910 barn over the last year is apparent in these pieces. The Forest, fields, animals and the massive expanse of land all seem to be captured as is the simplicity, beauty and romance of that particular place. “These pieces reflect something lost. It’s the fantasy of another time and a longing for the past, which is a sharp contrast to the world I am usually a part of. The long walk from the farmhouse to my studio feels like the start of a journey, everything slows down, becomes hyper-real. The dragonflies circling overhead, the sun glimmering through the cracks in the barn boards, and the wind in the long grass all amplified by the calmness and silence." In contrast to his earlier work, which often involved very outward social participation, in a presentation style format now coined “social curation”, the new work reflects a self-imposed solitude, introspection and nostalgia. His influences for this series are many and range from the writings of Steinbeck to the abstract expressionists including the artwork of Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, and Arshile Gorky. His first large exhibit “Through Sixteen” took place at the CBC Barbara Frum Atrium and involved over 600 active participants who deconstructed a year’s worth of artwork by cutting page size pieces and then created a new 12 foot by 32 foot canvas. The piece was then shown at the ROM, and the Knox State Park in Buffalo. Subsequently, Absolute Vodka commissioned Neubacher to explore this concept once again using the Absolute palette and involved 200 people, which is now in their permanent collection alongside Andy Warhol, Francisco Clemente, and Keith Haring. “Royal Flush”, another of Neubacher’s “social curation” projects, involved over a hundred people who captured themselves on film, in a series of self composed photo portraits in his bathroom. His two most recent series, “Artless” and “NeW WorK”, featured a collection of paintings of friends, dreams and magazines. They collected and represented the contrasts and opposites that he saw daily: creation and destruction, beauty and ugliness, the natural and the contrived, the new and the old, peaceful and violent, light and dark. “New Crop” is a continuation of this exploration in contrasts. His work appears in hundreds of collections throughout the world including the collections of: The Knox State Park, Heenan Blaikie, Absolut Vodka. Standard Broadcasting, Richardson Partners Financial, Elle MacPherson, Jean Knox, Judy Schulich.