N.E. Thing Co.

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N.E. Thing Co. was a Canadian art collective producing work from 1967 to 1978. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, N.E. Thing Co. was run by co-presidents Iain and Ingrid Baxter.[1]

Seminal figures in the emergence of conceptual art movement in Canada during the late sixties, N.E. Thing Co. used corporate strategies to generate and frame its artistic practice.[1]


Founded in 1966 by Iain and Ingrid Baxter, N.E. Thing Co. was established as a conceptual vehicle that viewed the art world as "parallel [to] consumer culture."[1] N.E. Thing Co. was incorporated under the Companies Act in 1969.[1] Focusing on an interdisciplinary practice and using photography, site-specific performances and installation, N.E. Thing Co. is seen as a "key catalyst and influence for Vancouver photoconceptualism"[1] and is considered a precursor to the Vancouver School.[2] N.E. Thing Co. created some of the earliest photoconceptual works to display a tendency to use photography to document "idea-works and their sites, as language games and thematic inventories and as reflective investigations of the social and architectural landscape."[2] N.E. Thing Co. disbanded in 1978 when Iain and Ingrid ended their relationship.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Knight, Derek (1995). N.E. Thing Co.: The Ubiquitous Concept. Oakville, Ont.: Oakville Galleries. pp. 5–7. ISBN 9780921027560. OCLC 5272357. 
  2. ^ a b Wallace, Ian (1990). Thirteen Essays on Photography. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. pp. 94–97. ISBN 9780888845573. OCLC 22279905. 


  • Baxter, Iain and Ingrid Baxter. You Are Now in the Middle of a N.E. Thing Co. Landscape: Works by Iain and Ingrid Baxter, 1965-1971. Vancouver: The Gallery, 1993. ISBN 0-88865-296-8
  • Mewburn, Charity. Sixteen Hundred Miles North of Denver. Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1999. ISBN 0-88865-606-8

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