Thomas Kneubühler is a Swiss-born, Montreal-based photographer who has taken to nighttime vistas both within our cities and on its margins. In his Electric Mountains series, Kneubühler uses long exposure times to capture amazing subtlety in the details of forests surrounding ski hills in rural Quebec. Lit for night skiing, and buzzing with activity, we witness not only the intensity of the night sky awash with bright white lights, but the fine tracks of human and animal activity that continue in spite of the electrical onslaught. In Office 2000, his monolithic office buildings, nearly full lighted, speak of our 24 hour lifestyle, as well as our reliance on finite resources to power our computers and our machinery.
Kneubühler was born in Solothurn, Switzerland, and has been living and in Canada since 2000. In 2003, he completed an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada where he continues to live and work. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in both North America and Europe, including the Québec Triennial 2011 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2011, he was awarded the Pratt & Whitney Canada Prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and received the Swiss Art Aware from the Ministry of Culture Switzerland in 2012.