Victoria-based Mowry Baden has been creating innovative sculptures for more than forty years. He is known and celebrated for his immersive, postindustrial sculptures that engage the body as well as the eyes and mind. A recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2006, Baden’s interactive, sometimes enterable works are both formally and technically sophisticated. Through his work, Baden seeks to provoke a perceptual crisis that shakes the viewer’s confidence in the information relayed by the senses. He is interested in the experience of his work over its status as an object, and he encourages the viewer to engage with his sculptures in a visceral manner.
Mowry Baden was born in Los Angeles in 1936 and studied at Pomona College and Stanford University. He has lived and worked in Canada since 1971, and has taught sculpture at numerous institutions including: Raymond College, Pomona College, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria. Recent exhibitions include: Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer at the National Gallery of Canada and Day By Day: Drawings From the Journals of Mowry Baden, 1959 to 2007, at Deluge Contemporary Art, in Victoria, BC.