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Invisible Streams: As Above, So Below, 2012, Photography by Gabor Podor

Alfred Engerer - Toronto, Canada

Invisible Streams: As Above, So Below 2012
Glass Sculpture Installation

111 - First Canadian Place
100 King Street West

[ selected photographs ]  [ video ]

Presented by the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Alfred Engerer's Invisible Streams: As Above, So Below Hand blown neon tubes and found neon signage is suspended within the canopies of trees at First Canadian Place. As flowing lines of vibrantly coloured light and found letters, logos and symbols sway and move through the trees, they converge in a tangle of light and colour, suggesting unseen energies and invisible natural forces, like the visible effect of air currents on trees and grass, or the motion of the sun and moon. The fluid architectures also suggests other streams – tracing the hidden natural presence of bodies of water below the city, from the slowly moving water table to long-buried underground streams that, through erosion and collapse, shape the surface geography we walk upon.

Engerer works with a concept of nature that encompasses both natural and urban landscapes. Encountering the site-specific installation, one is also drawn into the universe of lines, words, letters, and symbols, illuminating the ever-present stream of consciousness encountered in the urban landscape and the unconscious absorption of words, letters and symbols that takes place on a daily basis.

Artist Biography: Alfred Engerer is a glass sculptor, installation artist and a pioneer of hand blown neon art in Canada. Included in over 150 exhibitions and part of important collections internationally, Engerer is interested in the architecture of form be it natural or constructed. For this project, he teams up with Orest Tataryn from The Outlaw Neon Group.

Presented by the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (Waterloo)

Toronto Culture / Soctiabank