Brendon McNaughton (b. 1990, Newmarket, ON) is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Toronto, Canada. He often travels between California, New York and Italy. McNaughton has practiced in a studio collective since the age of eight. He went on to receive a B.F.A. with honors from York University and began exhibiting his work in 2010. Since then his sculptures have been presented internationally in major exhibitions at Corkin Gallery, and more recently shown at the Palazzo Loredan in Venice, Italy during the 57th Biennale. McNaughton’s work has attracted widespread public attention. His pieces are found in private and public collections around the globe. The entrepreneurial ‘studio-as-a-startup’ process he adopts has developed into a global production network of creative technologies. McNaughton is the founder of a high-tech studio created for the marketing and production of his artwork.
Brendon McNaughton explores how technology is transforming social and economic structures across the globe. He uses innovative technologies such as 3D printers, 3D scanners and robot arms to create his work. His practice refers to authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee who are developing the concept of the Second Machine Age. This is the contemporary moment where the assembly line worker is increasingly being replaced by the assembly line robot. McNaughton’s work marks a time in history when the machine-like behavior of people referred to in Pop Art is nearing an end. His blending of art, science and technology aims to interpret and incite discourse around the rapid innovations unfolding in contemporary times.
“Brendon McNaughton is an up-and-coming transnational and transdisciplinary artist who bridges the gap between art, science and technology in a very daring and innovative way. He is a promising product of the third millennium. He capitalizes on the value of artistic heritage from the ancient Greeks to the masters of the 20th and 21st centuries, while constantly experimenting in the latest mediums of expression to create his own artistic vision.” –Dr. Francesca Valente, 2016.