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Connor McNerney

2017 Intern Artist

A Stele for Peter and Matthew

18’ x 3’ x 3’
Wood, steel, found objects

Artist Statement
Are objects inanimate and lifeless? Or do they carry the feel, spirit, breath of a person? A light left on, an old bicycle, and a handmade wooden chair. I am naming this sculpture for my cousins Peter and Matthew, who passed away as young men when I was a child. I almost shared a similar fate after a bicycle crash in 2014. The objects I have found and made in this sculpture are imbued with my spirit. By making this sculpture and giving it a part of myself, I hope to connect with and celebrate theirs. This is my gift to them and my entire family.

Connor McNerney

Born: Mesa, Arizona, 1992
Resides:Phoenix, Arizona

• BFA, Arizona State University, 2016

Selected Exhibitions
• Stuck Together, Franconia in the City @ Casket, July 6, 2017
• Thursday Service, Franconia in the City @ Casket, June 1, 2017
• TMI, Gallery 100, December 5-9, 2017

Selected Awards
• Best in Show - Near Truth, 2015

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