los-angeles

Iain Baxter

Gallery 669

Iain Baxter, or, as he advertises himself, the N. E. Thing Company, is back in Los Angeles this year with five new “inflatables” at the Gallery 669. Judging alone from this exhibition, or even from his appearances here collectively, it would be awfully difficult to understand the claims that some seem to be making for him as single-handedly providing witness of a sudden great swell of fresh and serious artistic talent in Western Canada. This phenomenon becomes slightly more comprehensible when one grasps the indefatigability with which the N. E. Thing Co. is promoting itself as the quintessence of ingenuity, wit and playful outrageousness. Real doubt creeps in at the point where one realizes that inarguable originality is equally held as self-evident by the Company, which now counts at least eight departments (Thing, COP, Projects, Publications, Research, Consulting, Photographic and

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