Heart of Gold

Brendon McNaughton,
Newmarket, ON

Size

7" x 6" x 5"

Medium

Stereolithography print based from MRI scans

“Heart of Gold” is a stereolithography print based off MRI scans of a human heart which is hand gilt with 22 carat gold. Heart of Gold sits astride personal indulgence and societal critique. It raises issues of unlimited access that comes with elevated economic status, while igniting optimism of humanity’s evolution that advances in 3D printing technologies provide.

Heart of Gold

Brendon McNaughton,
Newmarket, ON

About the artist
About the artist

Brendon McNaughton
Newmarket, ON

McNaughton received a BFA from York University in Toronto. He exhibits throughout NorthAmerica and has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. He is included in multiple public and private collections throughout the world. The relationship between plutocrats (gazillionaires) and proletariats (wageworkers) is central to McNaughton’s practice. He is looking for answers to what creates class and status distinctions. His examinations are intertwined with economic philosophy, markets and social mobility. McNaughton’s works function as trophies for conspicuous consumption derived from appropriated symbols of the working class. Bullet riddled panels, raw tree trunks, pristine mirrors, axe holes, and gold are common sights within his practice. Through these explorations, McNaughton refers to what creates class and status divisions.

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