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Brenda Garand

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Brenda Garand's exhibitions include Northern Passage and Building Beauty at Lesley Heller Workspace NYC; National Academy Museum 183rd Annual NYC; Reeves-Contemporary 535 West 24th St, NYC; American Academy of Arts and Letters NYC; im n iL, Two Ones: Brenda Garand and Betsey Garand Brooklyn NY; Hampshire College, Amherst MA; A.V.C. Contemporary Arts Gallery, The Fuller Building, 57th St. NYC; and the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan. Garand is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to France; a Fulbright Berlin Seminar; The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Grant to Bayeux, France; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Grant, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship; Vermont Artist in Residence at The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center; and a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant.
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"Manitou"
"Garand's notions of nature and culture evoke her French-Canadian, Abenaki, and British heritages. She employs materials associated with construction, hunting and fishing-including roofing paper, wire, and steel, fish hooks and lures, and porcupine quills-and reinforces those allusions through her titles."

Jan Garden Castro
Sculpture Magazine
New York Review
June 2015
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"It's Like Falling Into Water" detail
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"From the mid-1980s, when she began exhibiting in New York, Brenda Garand has continued investigating the language of abstraction and its potentials for meaning. Now spanning three decades, her art is distinguished by a decided emphasis on visual values that has grown even more intense and compelling in the wall sculptures and gouache and ink drawings produced since 2001. The strong visual aspects of her work are the product of a creative process at the crux of which is a passion for engagement with real-world subjects. The subjects that move her are invariably those carrying deep resonances. They come from the personal sphere encompassing autobiography,family traditions, and heritage. Key to her aesthetic and underscoring her approach is a need and desire to search out and express connections, dualities, and contrasts. Her awareness of these important factors in her work starts quite early.

"A World About:
Brenda Garand's Recent Sculptures and Drawings"
By Ronny Cohen
"On the subject of the new work, the artist is understandably silent. This is very much a series in progress, and there are further Canadian explorations underway. We can only watchfully wait to see what forms and ideas emerge from the northern latitudes.

"Brenda Garand"
Bill Barrette
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"Manitoulin"
"That is the key to why we take pleasure in works such as Garand's that juxtapose contrasting materials. We are continually faced in life with conflicts, between freedom and responsibility, between competing affections, between the prosaic and the poetic. It is deep in our nature that we seek resolution of those conflicts. Resolution of conflict is a fundamental driver of evolution, both in our own lives and in our species."

Philip F. Palmedo
The Experience of Modern Sculpture:
A Guide to Enjoying Works of the Past 100 Years
Brenda Garand
White River Junction, VT
Vermont
North America

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