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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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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