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Mowry Baden & Roland Brener: Part 2

January 13, 2006 - January 13, 2006

Mowry Baden & Roland Brener: Thirty Years in Victoria explores the sculptural influence of two internationally prominent, Victoria-based artists through a major two part exhibition. Part one, presented in Spring 2005, showcased significant public art projects: Radioville, a commission for Context Development International in Toronto by Roland Brener and From Wild Celery to the Fulcrum of Vision, a series of maquettes and documentation from 1978 to the present by Mowry Baden. Part two presents recent sculpture by Baden and Brener, revealing the rigour and dynamism of their continuing studio engagement.

Baden and Brener both came to Victoria in the 1970s, after establishing careers in the US and England, respectively. Their work established an international dialogue while their academic roles as instructors in the Visual Arts Departartment at the University of Victoria influenced a new generation of artists.

Mowry Baden was born in Los Angeles and has spent much of the past 35 years living on the West Coast. He received his BA from Pomona College, Claremont, CA and MA from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. After teaching at the University of British Columbia, Pomona College and Stanford University, among others, Baden began his tenure at UVic in 1975. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and has held solo and group exhibitions across North America including Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, Vancouver and New York (including the Museum of Modern Art). His work is represented in prestigious collections in Canada and the USA. He has been commissioned to create public art works in Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Irvine CA, Pittsburgh PA, Washington DC and Lewiston, NY.

Born in South Africa, Roland Brener has been active in the international arts community for over forty years. He studied sculpture in London at St. Martins School of Art where he later taught. Brener represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1988 and has presented solo and group exhibitions across Canada, USA, Japan, Italy, England, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Norway, Sweden and Scotland. His work is featured in numerous public and private collections. Brener lived in England, Israel and the USA before taking up residence in Victoria in 1974.

The scope of this 30-year anniversary project also includes the development of a publication that explores the careers and legacy of the two artists through texts by Sarah Milroy (The Globe and Mail), Ben Portis (Art Gallery of Ontario), Stephen Davis (Hunter College, NY) and Robert Youds (UVic).

This exhibition is supported by Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund.

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