Art Gallery of Alberta

New AGA installation explores the shifting relation of power between man and the environment, and the geological impacts of humankind as an often destructive force of nature

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2012

EDMONTON, AB – BRENDAN McGILLICUDDY: Anthropocene opens May 18-July 1, 2012 at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA).

Alberta artist Brendan McGillicuddy takes inspiration from a 19th-century painting created by German Romantic artist Casper David Friedrich in 1823-1824.  The painting, entitled Das Eismeer (The Sea of Ice), depicts a vessel barely visible, crushed beneath a mountain of jagged ice.

McGillicuddy’s work Anthropocene, created using fiberglass and styrene foam, comments on the shifting relation of power personified in the work, and the ongoing and frequent occurrence 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.  Anthropocene embodies the idea of man-made nature.

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About the Artist: Brendan McGillicuddy received a BFA in Sculpture from the Alberta College of Art + Design.  Following his undergraduate, 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.  McGillicuddy relocated to Alberta from New York in 2011.  He currently lives in Calgary.

The RBC New Works Gallery features new works 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.

For more information or to coordinate interviews with the Curator or artist, please contact:

Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
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Thursday, May 17, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta



Curator: Catherine Crowston, Art Gallery of Alberta

Artist: Brendan McGillicuddy

Exclusive Media Preview with access to BRENDAN MCGILLICUDDYAnthropocene

Interviews with Brendan McGillicuddy and Catherine Crowston are available following opening remarks.

Please RSVP by contacting:  

Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468  E:


Conversation with the Artist: Brendan McGillicuddy
Thursday, May 17, 6 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission
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Located within exhibition spaces, this popular series features informal and engaging talks between the artist, curator and audience.