Ian McMurrich is a multidisciplinary artist. He received his MFA from the University of Waterloo this spring and his BFA with distinction from OCAD University in 2006. He has been included as part of group shows at LE Gallery and his work is in various private collections. He is the recipient of several awards including a Best Portrait Photography Award from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and a Governor General’s Academic Medal. As a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Keith and Winifred Shantz Internship Award he worked with film and video artist Melanie Manchot in London, England during the summer of 2013. He currently lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario.
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This body of work is an investigation of the everyday as experienced along cross-sections of the post-industrial landscape. Through the activities of walking and mapping, fieldwork is conducted during treks that follow the route of the railroad in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. I examine detritus as readymade artifacts of the industrial economy that has abandoned the area. Minimal gestures and interventions engage the inherent narratives of these discarded materials. Improvised sculptures mark my route as a form of wayfinding that re-appropriates these neglected urban spaces. The activity of walking and assembling sculptures in these marginal landscapes is a playful strategy that resists the alienation of immaterial labour in a contemporary economic context.