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BAXTER&BITE: WELDING

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:

Hand Welder -with bagged works (room 402, north wall) Baxter Studio/Set 2-June 21/_MG_1027

Hand Welder -with bagged works (room 402, north wall) Baxter Studio/Set 2-June 21/_MG_1027

Baxter began bagging objects in plastic in 1966. At first, he used a heat sealer to form clear plastic bags around assorted objects such as rocks, goldfish and moldy sliced bread. He then progressed to using a hand-operated high frequency welding machine. He used an old machine at Arrow Tent and Awning Company after hours, which he later was able to purchase with funds from the Canada Council. With this tool, he constructed more advanced bagged works using clear plastic bags with landscape motifs made of coloured vinyl stitched to it. Concurrently, he constructed three-dimensional sculptures using welded vinyl filled with air.

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

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