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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: The gift (that I protect)
Maker: Mark Clintberg
Year: 2015
Materials: Antique stained glass, contemporary stained glass, soldering, copper, MDF
Measurements: 24 x 24 x 36”. Plinth: approximately 36” (6 ft H total).
ID Number: PC2020.2
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This sculpture is part of a series of works by Mark Clintberg entitled, The gift (that I protect). The sculpture contrasts a colourful cube made out of shards of stained glass with a stark white base. Clintberg describes this series as a meditation on failed relationships and the feelings of sadness and loss that come with them, an attempt to “capture the nuances and fragmentary exchanges and vague memories that haunt the conclusion of many romantic (and institutional) relationships”. Mark Clintberg uses a variety of materials: text, printmaking, glass, textiles, neon, drawing, public art, and installation in his artwork. His research into the affective dimensions of cultural institutions and public space studies how places such as art galleries make us feel, and how they influence our thought. Mark (née David) William Richard Clintberg (1978- ) is an artist who works in the field of art history. His research interests include installation, artist's cinema, edible art practices, sensory design in museums, and queer theory. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he earned his BFA at Alberta College of Art + Design (2001) in Calgary, and his MA (2008) and PhD (2013) at Concordia University, Montreal. While studying for his Doctorate, Clintberg researched at Oxford University, St Peter’s College. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design, and his writing has been published internationally. Clintberg’s artwork is held in numerous public and private collections across Canada and in the United States.