The Cambridge Galleries present a touring exhibition of selected electrical multimedia work created by Toronto artist Lisa Neighbour over the last decade. Neighbour is well known in Cambridge for her landmark Eye on the Square, which was installed temporarily at the Queen's Square library in Cambridge in 1994, and recommissioned as a permanent installation in November 1998.
Lisa Neighbour's body of electric light sculpture originated in the
late eighties -- a time of social
and economic dislocation. Drawing on the influence of Mexican and
decoration and inspired by sources as diverse as Sufism, animism, the
art of divination and
macramé, Neighbour's work embraces high and low art as a talisman
against future shock and an
expression of contemporary cultural hybridization.
Illuminations will be presented in a darkened gallery, lit up with a
constellation of painted,
shaped and electrically illuminated objects that chart the artist's
journey through the decade of the
90s. The exhibition will include the Eye on the Square, originally
installed on the face of the
Cambridge Libraries & Galleries, Queen's Square (see illustration) and
approximately 30 smaller
works done over the last 13 years. The exhibition will open in
Cambridge, Ontario in July, 2000
and will travel to Montreal's Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in
Accompanying the exhibition is a bilingual, colour illustrated
catalogue with an essay by
exhibition curator Gordon Hatt. The catalogue has been made possible in
part with the assistance
of the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery, Saidye Bronfman Centre for the
Arts in Montreal.
Super Power, 1996/97,
size variable, approx. 200 sq. ft. (floor),
installed at the Red Head Gallery, Toronto, 1996.