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Sagebrush, Raft River Valley, Sun Valley, Idaho
transparency in light box
on verso signed twice, titled, editioned 7/7 and dated 1958 - 2005 twice
18 x 27 x 5 1/2 po, 45.7 x 68.6 x 14 cm
Estimation : $30,000 - $50,000
Exposition à : Heffel Toronto – 135 avenue Yorkville
Private Collection, Ontario
Robert Enright, “Riding on the &: The Continuous Work of Iain Baxter&,” Border Crossings, vol. 39, no. 2, Summer 2020, pages 29 and 31
Iain Baxter& was a pioneer of conceptual art in Canada, who has worked in multiple mediums: photography, installation, sculpture and painting. He formed N.E. Thing Co., a corporate-style art organization, and his activities under this name were regarded as a seminal influence for Vancouver photo-conceptualism. This photograph, originally taken in 1958 when Baxter& was studying at the University of Idaho, was made into a light box in 2005. In a recent interview with Baxter&, Robert Enright quoted critic Lucy Lippard that photography was “the only medium that was up to the task of your expansive aesthetic”; he responded, “Yes, because it can move as fast as I’m thinking.” Enright also commented that the artist had “categories of landscape; you see it as Nature, as System, as Artifact, as Habitat, as Wealth and Aesthetic,” and Baxter& replied that he thought of his landscapes as a collage of all those factors. Sagebrush possesses a unique silvery foliage and pungent fragrance, and grows in desert environments throughout North America. Its special ecosystems provide habitat for a variety of species; however, sagebrush regions have been shrinking due to human activities. This stunning light box transparency is a record of this unique and precious environment.
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