Alisdair MacRae

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I was born in Dawson Creek, BC and raised in Victoria. In 2002, I received an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College after receiving a BFA from the University of Victoria in 1998. Following graduate school, I relocated to New York City from 2002 to 2007, and then to Ottawa where I have lived since that time.

In 2012, I completed a thesis on Joane Cardinal-Schubert for the graduate program in Art History at Carleton University. In 2018, I completed a thesis on Willem Gilles for Carleton University's Master of Design program. I have taught as a contract instructor in Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design since 2019.

I have been fortunate to participate in residencies in Nova Scotia, Buenos Aires, Fort Chipewyan, Santa Fe and Toronto. I have shown my work in group and solo exhibitions in New York City, Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

My artistic practice and work typically take the form of sculpture, installation and public art. I appreciate the tactile and formal qualities that these mediums can offer, and the opportunities they present for public engagement. While some of the work may have definite aspects of mass or precision, I like to think of my practice in terms of drawing, which can be process intensive and open-ended.

I often use plans in my projects as a starting point for interpretation, examining issues of scale and perspective as well as community and exchange. At the same time, I appreciate involving different people through collaboration, as they introduce aspects into a project that I could not anticipate. While perceptual experiences may inform my practice, I avoid work that is illusionistic, and leave the materials and methods of production available to viewers so they may experience them on their own terms.