Works in the exhibition
At the heart of Nicolas Baier’s work is an abiding, if humble, interest in science and its powerful effect on how we see our world. This new exhibition - Baier’s first to include paintings - draws from the work of Peter Higgs and Jean-Pierre Luminet, groundbreaking physicists whose theories of how the universe works test even the most creative mind’s capacity for abstract thought.
Baier’s paintings take us inside the CERN particle accelerator, depicting with dynamic filaments of colour the collision of sub-atomic particles. Then, transporting us from the microscopic to the astronomical, he transforms mirrors into evocative voids, invoking Luminet’s notion of the universe as a vast echo-chamber of refracted light. Baier works like a physicist, gathering information, building hypotheses, and exploiting our age’s finest technology. As in science, his most surprising results spring from hard work, sound data, and staunch faith.
Baier’s work has been shown at the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Saint Mary’s Art Gallery in Halifax, and the Musée Régional de Rimouski.
His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including that of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Harvard Business School’s Schwartz Collection.