Brandon Vickerd: Faltering Monuments
May 31 to August 30 2014
Curated by Melissa Bennett and Alana Traficante
Brandon Vickerd’s artistic practice includes a range of forms, from sculpture to performance to site-specific interventions, and he frequently explores the myth of progress ingrained in Western world views. With Faltering Monuments, Vickerd subverts a traditional form of commemoration through a contemporary sculptural intervention. He models this series of statues after historically powerful, masculine political figures such Napoleon and Columbus, and then alters the busts by carving out grotesque anatomical elements. In representing figures of modernity, Vickerd highlights nostalgia for the past—a time of rigorous political and scientific pursuit that held great promise for the future. The works disrupt the viewer’s expectations of the monument and invite a dialogue on horror, while exposing the human side of these notable yet fallible characters. Vickerd is a Hamilton-based artist with an extensive exhibition history in North America. He is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Visual Art and Art History at York University.
Columbus (detail) 2012
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