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BAXTER&BITE: REFLECTED PARIS BEAUTY SPOTS

February 5th, 2012

This blog post is part of an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario entitled IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958 – 2011. Visitors can scan QR codes in the exhibition space to see additional content relating to specific works in the show such as this image below:

Baxter with model shooting Reflected Paris Beauty Spots -with Paris Beauty Spots (room 411, east wall) Baxter Studio/Set 2-June 21/_MG_1064

Baxter with model shooting Reflected Paris Beauty Spots -with Paris Beauty Spots (room 411, east wall) Baxter Studio/Set 2-June 21/_MG_1064

 

While living in Paris in 1980, Baxter completed a series titled Paris Beauty Spots, applying the phrase “beauty spots”¬–generally used to describe birth marks on humans–to architectural landmarks in a city. He photographed the reflection of fourteen iconic sites using a round handheld mirror and a Polaroid SX-70 camera. Later that year Baxter worked with a large-format Polaroid 20 x 24 camera in Amsterdam, one of three in the world, which printed instant images measuring seventy-eight by sixty centimeters. He used the special camera to shoots details of a female model’s naked body, each time with a different Polaroid from the Paris Beauty Spots series placed beside a real beauty mark on her body. He titled this complementary work Reflected Paris Beauty Spots.

IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958 – 2011 is open at the Art Gallery of Ontario from March 03 – August 12, 2012

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