Department of Art & Art History Presents Sean Caulfield: Air Bleeder

The Flood, carved wood relief, approximately 20 x 30 ft., Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada, 2016. (Photo Credit: Blaine Campbell)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Department of Art & Art History presents Sean Caulfield: Air Bleeder in Rowe Galleries, October 2-20. The Department will host an artist lecture on Monday, October 2, at 4:00 pm, followed by an opening reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Sean Caulfield is a Centennial Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has exhibited his prints, drawings, and artist’s books extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Through installation, sculpture, and printmaking, Air Bleeder considers the ways our environment is transformed by forces of urban and industrial growth.

"The visual images and environments I create blur boundaries between the biological and the technological, the organic and the mechanical, and challenge viewers to consider the implications of this merging," says Caulfield. "Central to my work is the role that society, community, and the individual has in the moment of change. Focusing on broader themes of mutation, metamorphosis, and regeneration involving both the landscape and the individuals that inhabit it, I aim to raise challenging questions for viewers about the role they play. Ultimately, my work focuses on the idea that crisis and change - whether it be environmental, political, or personal - can be a significant and positive catalyst for rebirth, growth, and courage."

Caulfield has received numerous grants and awards for his work, including The Special Award of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Krakow Triennial, 2015; SSHRC Dissemination Grant: Canadian Stem Cell Network Impact Grant; SSHRC Fine Arts Creation Grant; Canada Council Travel Grant; and a Visual Arts Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council. Caulfield’s work is in various public and private collections: Houghton Library at Harvard University; Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England; and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin.

Rowe Galleries are open Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.