Brendon McNaughton (b. 1990, Newmarket, ON) is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Toronto, Canada, who 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 honours from York University and began exhibiting his work in 2010. Since then his sculptures have been presented in major exhibitions at Toronto’s Corkin Gallery, and have recently been shown at the Palazzo Loredan in Venice, Italy during the 57th Biennale. McNaughton’s work has attracted widespread attention, his pieces forming part of both private and public collections.
Brendon McNaughton explores how technology is transforming social and economic structures across the globe. To create his work, he uses innovative technologies such as 3D printers and marble carving robots. This intersection of art and technology refers to the Second Machine Age, a concept developed by MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. McNaughton’s work marks a transitional moment in history away from the machine-like behaviour of people as conceived by Pop Art. His blending of art and technology aims to interpret and incite discourse regarding today’s rapid technological evolutions.
“Bridging the gap between art, science and technology in daring, innovative ways, Brendon McNaughton is one of the up-and coming transnational and transdisciplinary exemplars 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 to express his own artistic vision.” -Dr. Francesca Valente, 2017