Union Gallery

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Andrew McPhail
September 30 - October 28, 2011
(Reception & Artist Talk: September 30, 6:30 - 9p)
Artist Talks will begin at 6:30 in room 121, Stauffer Library.
The Reception will follow in the gallery.

Installation of CRYBABY
Andrew McPhail, CRYBABY, installation detail, 2011

For the past several years Andrew McPhail’s practice has centered on his HIV status. Recent work includes ‘all my little failures’, a large lace-like veil made of 60,000 Band- Aids and the performances associated with the display of this garment. For this exhibition McPhail introduces ‘CRYBABY’ another cumulative piece constructed of hundreds of Kleenex, stitched together by hand. Drawn from the artist’s experience on a transatlantic flight during which a passenger had a heart attack and died, the soft, undulating mass of tissues recalls a cloudscape as seen from an airplane and reflects on the pathos of grief and the fragility of the body.

Andrew McPhail was born in Calgary Alberta in 1961. He completed both his BFA and MFA at York University. He currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario.