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Brendan McGillicuddy, Anthropocene, 2012. Images courtesy of the artist
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.
The RBC New Works Gallery features new artworks by Alberta artists. Initiated in 1998 and named the RBC New Works Gallery in 2008, this gallery space continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists.