AIDS NB 25th & Andrew McPhail

Posted on August 3, 2011 by

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On Thursday, August 4th, from 6:30pm-9:30pm, members of the public are invited to attend artist-in-residence Andrew McPhail’s “all my little failures” exhibition opening reception at Gallery Connexion, presented in conjunction with AIDS New Brunswick’s 25th anniversary celebration.

AIDS NB’S 25 Anniversary celebration will feature an awards ceremony and guest speakers Gayle McDonald, President of the Board, PLWHIV/AIDS Liaison, Diedre Smith, and members of the community living with HIV/AIDS.

AIDS New Brunswick/SIDA Nouveau-Brunswick Inc.is a community based non-profit organization. It was established in 1986 out of a concern for HIVAIDS-related issues and in recognition that New Brunswick is not immune to the effects of this virus.

Historically, AIDS New Brunswick/SIDA Nouveau-Brunswick Inc. was comprised solely of a volunteer Board of Directors who met to define goals and develop a strategy. In July of 1987 funding was received from the Federal Department of Health and Welfare. This allowed for the hiring of a staff person and the implementation of education, prevention and support programs. The Provincial Department of Health and Community Services provided space that allowed for the establishment of an office. In September 1987, AIDS New Brunswick/SIDA Nouveau-Brunswick Inc. took up its official residence at the Victoria Health Centre, 65 Brunswick Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 1G5, telephone (506) 459-7518.

“all my little failures”
Andrew McPhail’s recent work has centered on his HIV status. “all my little failures” is a sculptural installation made of band-aids. This body of work has recently taken the form of a large veil made of 60,000 band-aids that the artist uses in performance pieces or installed in a sculptural exhibition. The work deals with the artist’s anxieties about his health and physical connection to the world, skin as a barrier, and the meaning of touch.

“Band-aids bring up a lot of issues for me, about healing and hurt, and the kind of obsessive hypochondria that I sometimes get, living with HIV,” says McPhail.

Candace Mooers, Executive Director of Gallery Connexion, explains, “McPhail’s work straddles various contemporary art mediums from performance art to textile art to sculptural installation. “all my little failures” invites personalized feelings of empathy, while also gently reminding audiences of our own possible failures in addressing social stigma associated with HIV status.”

“all my little failures” will remain on display until September 23rd.

For more information about Andrew McPhail’s work, please visit: http://www.bedhair.ca

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