Iain Baxter& Photographs, 1958-1983
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC through Dec 10
Iain Baxter&, 3 Minute Photos, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia (1967), chromira print [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Dec 10]
Iain Baxter&, born in England in 1946, is one of Canadas best known conceptual artists. He has an extensive background not only as a photographer but as a painter, videographer, installation and performance artist, writer and faculty member at the University of Windsor. He was among the first artists to use Polaroid film, faxes and computers in his artwork. Baxter& received the Order of Canada (2003), Governor Generals Award (2004), Order of Ontario (2004), Molson Prize (2005), and the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Prize (2006).
Baxter&'s current exhibition, Passing Through, is curated by James Patten and circulated by the Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario. It includes colour prints, Polaroids and duratrans (backlit posters). Like other young people of his generation, Baxter& took several road trips across Canada as a rite of passage in the '60s and '70s.
Many of the images in this exhibit were taken from inside his car on his travels through remote landscapes, small towns, farmlands and past roadside attractions.
The exhibit references the years 1966-1978 when Baxter& was co-president of Vancouvers N.E. Thing Company, and examines his photography in relation to his contemporaries Ian Wallace, Jeff Wall and Christos Dikeakos during the early '60s to the mid-'80s when Baxter& lived in Vancouver.