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Item Name: Mixed Media
Title: Untitled (674)
Maker: Neil Farber
Year: 1999
Country: Canadian
Materials: mixed media on paper
Measurements: in frame: 59 cm x 65.75 cm; work: 35.75 cm x 42.25 cm
ID Number: ART 195
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Working in a simple but expressive graphic drawing style, Neil Farber illustrates a fantasy world populated by an odd cast of characters that includes children, animals, aliens, and ghosts. His work combines innocence with the absurd. In this cartoon-like scene, Farber features several slender, almost armless humanoid figures with two, rather large, multi-armed saguaro cactus plants. The contrast between the silhouettes suggests a humorous comparison, yet Farber’s use of dark, shadowy colours also seems ominous. In many of Farber’s works he uses humour to explore darker human emotions and taboo topics, including depression, grief, and persecution. Neil Farber (1975 - ) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied at the University of Manitoba earning his BFA with First Class Honours (1997). In 1996, Neil Farber and fellow art students Michael Dumontier, Marcel Dzama, Drue Langlois, Jon Pylypchuk, and Adrian Williams founded an art collective, The Royal Art Lodge. This group met weekly to draw collaboratively, often working on a small scale and including text. The group disbanded in 2008, but Farber and Dumontier have continued a collaborative practice, and Farber lives and works in Winnipeg. Since then, Farber has had several group and solo exhibitions internationally, including London, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, and New York City. Farber's work is held in private and public collections, including Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Olbricht Collection (Essen and Berlin), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), and Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg).