Brandon Vickerd’s Dead Astronaut

I was recently reminded of a reading I gave a few years ago when the artist David Poolman was curator of the Forest City gallery in London, Ontario and he invited me and Sheila Heti down there. At the same time as our reading was an exhibition by Brandon Vickerd. It was this crazy mechanical kinetic sculpture called ‘Champions of Entropy’ that used animal bones and antlers and weird jittery engines. I checked out Vickerd’s website recently and was totally blown away by this recent piece, Dead Astronaut, that he’s finished and is showing in Ontratio right now. It’s made of poplar, it’s meticulous and hardcore, it’s sci-fi and real life, it’s a real space odyssey of a piece.

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