09.21.17 Brandon Vickerd: Falling Sky

Brandon Vickerd, Sputnik Returned 2, 2015

Falling Sky is an installation consisting of three separate sculptures: Sputnik Retuned 2 (2015), GPS Satellite and Untitled (Space Junk). Sputnik Returned 2 consists of a replica of Sputnik, the first man made satellite to orbit the earth, installed as if it has crash landed into a parked sedan. GPS Satellite consists of a replica of a Lockheed Martin GPS Satellite installed resting at the bottom of a crater as if it has crashed to earth. Untitled (Space Junk) consists of a replica of the escape hatch from the NASA space shuttle Challenger installed as if it has fallen from the sky and flattened a Canada Post mailbox.

Brandon Vickerd is a Hamilton based sculptor and Professor of Visual Arts at York University. He received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1999) and his MFA from the University of Victoria (2001). Purposely diverse, his studio work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and addressing the failed promise of a modernist future predicated on boundless scientific advancement. Whether through craftsmanship, the creation of spectacle, or humor, the goal of his work is to provoke the viewer into questioning the dominate myth of progress ingrained in Western world views.