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Archive: February, 2012

BAXTER&BITE: FENCE

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:

Exhibition at the Douglas Gallery

Exhibition at the Douglas Gallery (installation view), 1967, photograph -with Fence (room 403)

 

The Douglas Gallery, located in Vancouver, hosted an exhibition N.E. Thing Co., Centennial Project in 1967 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the nation. Working with the theme of a camping trip, the N.E. Thing Co. displayed many different kinds of three-dimensional landscapes, including store-bought chain-link aluminum fencing and custom-designed tents. This turned the gallery into a mock-up landscape, collapsing the distinction between art and life.

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

BAXTER&BITE: ACT CERTIFICATE

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:

ACT Certificate by IAIN BAXTER&

ACT certificate -with ACTS (room 409) Baxter Archive/Sept 28/_MG_6547

In 1968 the N.E. Thing Co. developed a system of issuing aesthetic judgments on sundry items experienced throughout daily life: places, objects, and other artists’ work. They were classified as either ACTs, short for Aesthetically Claimed Things, or ARTs, short for Aesthetically Rejected Things. The N.E. Thing Co. photographed these items and then placed a seal of approval or disapproval on the printed image. An accompanying certificate was made for each claimed or rejected item, stating that it had or had not met “the stringent requirements of sensitivity information as set forth by the N.E. Thing Co.”

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

BAXTER&BITE: EARLY LIGHTBOX OF VACUUM-FORMED PAINTBRUSH

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:

Early Lightbox by IAIN BAXTER&

Early lightbox of vacuum formed paintbrush (installed in Beyond Regionalism), 1965, vacuum-formed plastic mounted to light box/exit sign -with lightboxes (room 410) Baxter Archive/Batch 1 Fonds 1-6, 38/Baxter130

Iain Baxter first exhibited light box works as early as 1965, but with vacuum formed plastic inserted into them instead of photographic transparencies, which he began doing in 1968. The light box housing was a re-purposed exit-sign box. Two of these were exhibited in the group exhibition Beyond Regionalism at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery in Vancouver in 1965.

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