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Brandon Neubauer

Brandon Neubauer
Looking Up, Out and Away
Sunroom Project Space | April 8–May 18, 2014 

Pictured above:
Looking Up, Out and Away (detail), 2014, multi-media installation, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist.

Brandon Neubauer’s work is drawn from his experience of the landscape as temporal layers in which natural and built spaces overlap. Focusing on a specific site, his memories merge with research and imagined histories to inspire a loose-knit narrative articulated through a time-based installation. Neubauer exploits the photographic image as a mnemonic tool, diffusing the separation of past and present to expose memory as a subjective process. Through the medium of photography, he constructs a psychic space in which one can reflect on the artist’s and viewers’ collective relationship to the surroundings.

Developed since summer 2013 and produced while in residence in Wave Hill’s 2014 Winter Workspace residency, Neubauer’s Sunroom Project, Looking Out, Up and Away, incorporates video projection, photographs and recorded sound to create a portrait of Wave Hill that engages time, optical phenomena and topography. The Sunroom’s surrounding vista becomes a backdrop as he layers images that reference the changing view and cycles of nature over the seasons. For instance, images of recognizable vantage points are interwoven with abstracted visions of those same locations from the previous summer, fall and winter. This portrayal of transitioning times of year is seen in a video projection of trees with leaves turning color and in translucent still photographs of the garden’s varying flora adhered to the panes of the Sunroom windows. In Neubauer’s installation, each of the four arched windows depicts a particular season. Neubauer also manipulates sunlight, reflecting, dispersing and projecting it across the room and creating a representation of the earth’s rotation as the sun moves through the sky. In effect, the Sunroom is transformed into a panoramic theater in which daily timelines and seasonal shifts are compressed into a singular, yet multidimensional encounter.

Winter Workspace | February 19–March 31, 2014 

Pictured above:
Nocturne II (Road to Ice Pond), 2013
Dual-sided projection screen, mirrored spheres, four point-sources of light, antique window frame, arranged branches and rigging, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist 

Brandon Neubauer’s work is drawn from his experience of the landscape as temporal layers in which the natural and built environments overlap, ideologies conflict and the identity of a place is inscribed. Incorporating video projection, photographs and recorded sound, the artist creates a portrait of a site by engaging time, optical phenomena, topography and found objects. 

Artist Website

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 

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