Guarding Landscape

IAIN BAXTER&, "Passing Landscape", undated, monoprint on paper, 54.5 x 76 cm
December 8, 2016 - March 5, 2017

IAIN BAXTER&
Guarding Landscape
December 8, 2016 to March 5, 2017
The Carnegie Room
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, December 8, 7 to 9 pm

IAIN BAXTER& is one of Canada’s leading conceptual artists. For over forty years, he has been working in various media including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. This selection of monoprints from the MacLaren’s collection highlights BAXTER&’s use of satire to make social and ecological commentary. This prolific artist challenges conventions of landscape and still life genres by incorporating seemingly disconnected images in highly graphic, pop art-inspired compositions. These playful works look critically at contemporary culture, highlighting the commodification of our landscape and our dependence on consumer goods.

IAIN BAXTER& is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Visual Arts University of Windsor. He has received numerous awards including a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004 and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. Reflecting his lifelong approach to non-authorial art production, BAXTER& legally appended an ampersand sign to the end of his last name in 2005.