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Mowry Baden: Day by Day

Deluge Gallery
Victoria BC – Apr 6-May 12, 2007

Mowry Baden - Aug 14

Mowry Baden, Aug 14 1992 (1992), ink on paper [Deluge Gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 6-May 12]

Baden is a prominent Canadian sculptor who has influenced a generation of sculptors in Canada and the United States with his participatory installations. He has been described as “a maker of task-oriented objects” intended to lure visitors and stimulate physical and perceptual interaction. The Deluge exhibit presents a selection of over 70 drawings from among hundreds of sketchbook pages. The drawings include schematics for sculptural projects, delicate figurative sketches and abstract illustrations. They provide a rare look at Baden’s creative process.

Baden’s body-oriented works of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and his broader interest in the perceptual and interactive possibilities of art were considered influential to artists Kim Adams, Lewis Baltz, Michael Brewster, Chris Burden, Stephen Davis, and Jessica Stockholder. His conceptual frameworks, borrowed from psychology, architecture and performance, challenge the tenets of contemporary sculpture. 

Mowry Baden - Feb 18, 91
Mowry BadenFeb 18, 91 (1991) ink on paper [Deluge Gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 6-May 12]

Baden taught at Stanford University, the University of British Columbia and, since 1975, at the University of Victoria, where he is currently professor emeritus. He has had solo and group exhibitions across North America, including Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, Vancouver and New York. He has been commissioned to create public art works – many controversial in their reception -- in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Pittsburgh, Washington and Victoria, where he lives.


Mia Johnson

 Fri, Apr 6, 2007