*Featured Image: Alouette (2018), Brandon Vickerd, 156” x 95” x 133”, Stainless Steel, Nissan Altima, Led light, electronics, Quebec City
MCOYA 2023: EMERGENCE Speaker Series presents
“Progression to Professional Practice” Artist Talk with Brandon Vickerd
Thursday, March 9th, 2023
Doors open at 6:00PM, Artist Talk 6:30-7:30PM
Location: Aurora Town Hall (Upper/North Entrance)
We are excited to invite internationally exhibited public sculptor Brandon Vickerd to the gallery for an artist talk focusing on the first 10 years of his career. Vickerd’s fascinating and meteoric career trajectory has encompassed commissions from municipalities across Canada – including the upcoming 2023 Mulock Park Public Art Project in Newmarket, as well as group and solo exhibitions across North America.
This talk is open to artists at any level in their career who are interested in learning more about professional development. The event is free and open to all.
No RSVP required – just drop in!
“A satellite resting lifeless in a crater, recalling a modern day Icarus whose faith in technology lead to hubris and imminent demise as he fell back to earth; a ghost clad in chrome, cloaked in the reflective guise of the machine it seems fit to haunt; machines sporting deer antlers and locked in never ending combat – these are just some of the motifs I utilize to articulate my concerns about technology and failure…. My work is a lexicon of no-longer-relevant representation created with a critical eye towards modernism, but also empathy for a tarnished idealism.”
Brandon Vickerd (brandonvickerd.com)
About Brandon Vickerd
Brandon Vickerd is an artist and professor of sculpture in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at York University. He positions his artistic work on the border between scholarly and popular cultures. Acting as a catalyst for critical thought, his works echo the failed promise of a modernist future based on limitless scientific progress. Through his public installations, he offers interventions that do not deliberately present themselves as sculpture, but rather as an anomaly inserted into the viewer’s daily experience. Brandon Vickerd has received numerous awards and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.