Brighton McCormick grew up just outside Minneapolis, MN in a blue collar family of builders and makers. She began college as a pre-law student, but eventually went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Business and relocated to New York, NY. After 6 years McCormick found herself working for a recruiting firm in Manhattan and hating her job. Feeling she was treating people as commodities and finding no fulfillment in her lifestyle, it became impossible to identify with the stereotypical American dream she had been chasing. Needing a drastic change, McCormick left head hunting to pursue art making. Fueled by dissatisfaction and disappointment she began making work centered on understanding the formation of identities, belief systems, and societal constructs.
McCormick went on to complete a BFA in Sculpture at the University of Minnesota, and studied at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes through the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay. Her interdisciplinary practice now incorporates metal casting, large scale installation, performance, and process based projects. At the root of her investigation she is exploring how perception, personalities, development of human and social identities, and belief systems distort histories and understanding of our present. In transforming rudimentary materials through experimental processes, her work attempts to make humble objects and byproducts of process into art objects. This attempt reflects a desire to encourage the viewer to question the authority of what they believe as fact and how they perceive value. McCormick’s work takes several forms such as, creating the experience of an aftermath, confronting the viewer with a scene depicting an unknown event, the exhibition of past unknowns through pseudo archiving, cataloging or other indexical languages, and labor based performance.
Currently living in South Minneapolis, she maintains her practice at her home studio. She was the Program Director of Caponi Art Pak from Dec 2015- Jan 2017 until I stepped into a Project Manager role to give herself more time to focus on her practice. In addition to art making She is a contractor for several galleries and art organizations and an independent teaching artist for other aspiring makers of all ages. She has displayed work primarily in the Midwest and was artist in residence at Franconia Sculptor Park in 2016. McCormick will be a Made Here artist for the summer of 2017, and will be attending the University of Washington in the fall to begin the 3D4M MFA program.