Art Gallery of Alberta

Conversation with the Artist: Brendan McGillicuddy

Brendan McGillicuddy

Thursday, May 17, 6 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission

Located within exhibition spaces, Conversation with the Artist features informal and engaging talks between the artist, curator and audience.

Brendan McGillicuddy’s new installation, Anthropocene, takes a painting, created by German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich in 1823-1824 as its point of departure. The painting, entitled Das Eismeer (The Sea of Ice), depicts a vessel barely visible, crushed beneath a mountain of jagged ice. McGillicuddy’s work however, created using fiberglass and styrene foam, comments on the shifting relation of power that has occurred between nature and humanity from the 19th to the 21st centuries, in which humankind has come to be a force of nature in its own right with enormous geological impact.

Artist Bio

Brendan McGillicuddy received a BFA in Sculpture from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Following his undergraduate studies, McGillicuddy went on to pursue an MFA in Sculpture at Parsons, The New School For Design, in New York City.

His work has been exhibited internationally in New York, Chicago and Alberta. In 2009, he received a commission from the Edmonton Arts Council to build a site-specific sculpture for the Callingwood Recreation Centre in Edmonton.

McGillicuddy relocated to Alberta from New York in 2011 and currently resides in Calgary.