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Mixed-Media Installation: Craig Brumwell

drawing of railway tracksRail (Consumption Hollow), charcoal on paper


Craig Brumwell is a Vancouver-based artist who received his BFA from Emily Carr University. His mixed-media installation, Rail, looks exploring objects - in this case, railroads, with particular interest in the way they, and other objects like them, are becoming obsolete. Craig has done a series of charcoal drawings of railroad tracks accompanied by a sculptural installation of several disconnected track rails, and a video which depicts the artist filing rust off of one of the rails destined for the sculpture.


art installation of polished railway track sections and rust pilesRail Installation, hand-filed rail segments and filings



I find it interesting - and haunting, in a way - that in all of these different approaches, the object – the rail – seems curiously removed from its expected purpose. Each drawing focuses on an individual rail, as opposed to an entire train track. In showing these rails like individual pieces of a larger whole, Craig makes the objects seem lonely, and perhaps almost human in a way.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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