About the Exhibition
1N4ØRMAT1ØN draws attention to Iain BAXTER&'s lifelong concern with ecology, information and the environment. The exhibition brings together several of BAXTER&'s environmentally themed conceptual works spanning 50 years of his artistic practice, including Puffin Parley, 1959; Apple Trees, 1980; CO2 Landscape (Homage to Chico Mendes), 1990; and Seat of Power, 1990. The works are drawn from the Glenbow's collection and from the collection of the University of Lethbridge. The exhibition also includes new works created by BAXTER&, including a site-specific installation.
1N4ØRMAT1ØN explores BAXTER&'s interest in the fusion and the confusion between natural and information-based landscapes in our world. Most of all, the exhibition embodies BAXTER&'s belief that "art is all over." Even Iain BAXTER&'s name could be considered a work of art. In 2005 he had "and" legally added to his name, which he represents as an ampersand symbol. This act was a way for the artist to personally represent his belief that art is about connecting and collaborating with the viewer, and that life is full of "ands." In August 2011, BAXTER& trademarked the "&" symbol.
BAXTER& is the subject of a 50-year retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago running from November 5, 2011 – January 15, 2012. Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, the exhibition will travel from Chicago to Toronto to open at the AGO in March 2012.
His works have been widely exhibited and collected in institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Gemeentemusem in The Hague, Holland and The National Gallery of Canada. IAIN BAXTER& is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and the Order of British Columbia. He is a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize and was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts in 2003.
Iain BAXTER&’s website