Carbon and Light Juan Geuer

Juan Geuer (1917-2009), Rocks and Rapture (detail), 2008, metal bowl and rocks. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery. Gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013. Juan Geuer (1917-2009), Rocks and Rapture (detail), 2008, metal bowl and rocks. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery. Gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013.

CARBON + LIGHT
JUAN GEUER’S LUMINOUS PRECISION

Barry Ace, Doug Back, Juan Geuer, Darsha Hewitt, Catherine Richards, Daniel Sharp, Michael Snow, Norman White

March 9 – August 18, 2019

Canadian artist Juan Geuer’s groundbreaking work sits in the threshold between science and art. 
It bridges the human condition, in all its various states, and the carbon-based ecosystems and oxygenated atmospheres upon which we depend.

The exhibition Carbon + Light celebrates this artist’s significant legacy as a fearless truth seeker. Through his inventive approach to installation, he pointed out the onset of the Anthropocene long before the term emerged to denote the geological period in which we now find ourselves embedded. Here, Geuer’s work will be in dialogue with artists with whom he either collaborated, influenced, or worked with in parallel, from Michael Snow to Catherine Richards.

The exhibition will also showcase the importance of Ottawa as the site within which Geuer’s surprising practice emerged, suggesting that time and location were instrumental to his ability to develop his unique investigation.

CURATOR
Caroline Seck Langill

 

Juan Geuer (1917-2009), Et Amor Fati (For the Love of Canada), 2007, aluminium frame, adjustment mechanisms and Mylar map. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery. Gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013Juan Geuer (1917-2009), Et Amor Fati (For the Love of Canada), 2007, aluminium frame, adjustment mechanisms and Mylar map
Juan Geuer (1917-2009), Fault Plane Solution Calculator, 1979, plexiglass sculpture. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery. Gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013.Juan Geuer (1917-2009), Fault Plane Solution Calculator, 1979, plexiglass sculpture