Toronto

Iain Baxter

Carmen Lamanna Gallery

Artwork addressing environmental issues may have found its antidote in the wall constructions of Iain Baxter. Calling upon a variety of domestic and industrial objects that range from kitchen knives and silk plants to steel and glass, these works galvanize many of the problems when art and politics meet. They serve as a remedy to the monolithic rhetoric of government officials and well-intentioned marchers who choose to speak with a collective voice.

Relying on the blackest humor, these eight works traverse the globe, acknowledging environmental infractions. All the major tragedies are represented here: the destruction of rain forests, the breakdown of the ozone layer, the extinction of animals, the fallout from military weaponry. At the center of this myriad of issues is the Canadian landscape, painted to the scale of a wallpaper mural, in Landscape, 1990. Looking out over an acid-neutral

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