Artist Talk: University of Calgary
September 26, 2014 — 10:00am -11:30am
Fashioned from thousands of hand-stitched Kleenex, Andrew McPhail’s monumental installation, CRYBABY, presents a sculptural and performative evocation of grief, loss and tragic experience. Activated by durational performances throughout the course of the exhibition, CRYBABY consists of an open ended street performance where the gathering and laborious sewing together of bartered and donated tissues into a cloudscape installation piece, offers participants a shared perspective into grief and moments of consolation.
Andrew McPhail is a Canadian visual artist. He was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1961 and studied at York University where he received his MFA in 1987. Living in Toronto in the 1980’s and 90’s his work focused primarily on drawing, often with pencil crayon on a polyester film called mylar. After moving to Hamilton in 2005, his practice shifted towards three dimensional work, performance, and painting. His accumulative, craft oriented work reconfigures disposable materials such as band aids, Kleenex, and pins into large sculpture and installations.