Monday, May 24, 2010

Grandpa used to wash my hands with gasoline

Clint Neufeld

The exhibition that just ended at Parisian Laundry in Montréal featured the work of Saskatoon artist Clint Neufeld. The gallery's announcement said it best:

Nostalgia and memory play a key roll and act as the contextual impetus behind these aesthetic objects, rendering them useless of their design. They present a dichotomy of a romantic tension of memory and masculine and feminine clichés – delicate motif and car envy. Starting from the personal, Neufeld minds his regional prairie past and relationships with male figures in his life. Men who were not necessarily there emotionally but who, in their ways and language connected the artist to time and observing the extraordinary in the everyday.

The parts I like best are italicized. Thank you.