15 February 2011

Meet the Artists: Invisible Worlds - Toby Graser, Suzanne Hill, Kathy Hooper February 20, 2011 at 2 pm

Join New Brunswick artists Toby Graser, Suzanne Hill, and Kathy Hooper for a discussion of the exhibition Invisible Worlds at the New Brunswick Museum on February 20, 2011 at 2pm.  Free admission as part of Free February at the NBM! 

The New Brunswick Museum is pleased to host the exhibition Invisible Worlds – Toby Graser, Suzanne Hill, Kathy Hooper until April 17, 2011.  This exhibition was curated by Terry Graff and produced by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The exhibition highlights the work of three of New Brunswick’s finest artists who have had an important impact and influence on contemporary art practice in the region.

This exhibition examines the ideas and individual art processes of three very different women in New Brunswick in reference to their long careers and resilience as visual artists, and to the ways in which they have experienced the development of their work in relation to the aging process.  Grounded in the basic premise of art as a vehicle for expressing that which is hidden or invisible, as a means of giving visual form to internal impulses (thoughts, emotions, memories, dreams) and to that which is inconceivable or intangible, such as time, space, death, and numinous realms, it attempts to stimulate thinking about the often unverbalized and unverbalizable aspects of the human condition and their significance in the shaping of an artist’s work. 

Each of the artists is represented by several composite works that signify the most recent evolution of their personal iconography.  Toby Graser’s abstract collage-paintings from her “Cryptic Messages” series are a reconstruction of material fragments distilled from contemporary experience through the formal language of art to give visible presence to traces of unconscious life and hidden truths.  For this showing at the NBM, two additional pieces have been added from the collection of Toby Grazer. Suzanne Hill explores ideas of mortality and of “becoming invisible” through mixed media works that focus on the contemporary experience of old age, particularly the compartmentalization and medicalization of the elderly, and on the ephemeral nature of human memory.  Kathy Hooper presents ritualistic and spiritually symbolic paintings and sculptures as personal touchstones for the revelation of life’s dark and mysterious underpinnings.

On February 25, 2011 from 4 to 6 pm start the Gallery Hop at the NBM, with the exhibition Invisible Worlds – Toby Graser, Suzanne Hill, Kathy Hooper.

The exhibition will run at the NBM Exhibition Centre until April 17, 2011.

For further information:

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New Brunswick Museum
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