Dean Baldwin studied Fine Arts at York University (Toronto) as well as completing his MFA at Concordia University (Montreal, 2003). His installations are neither limited by functionality nor aesthetic disinterestedness, but work somewhere beyond these universalizing, exclusionary boundaries, fusing together a space that is both inhabitable and fantastical.
Baldwin has participated in numerous national and international residencies, including stays in Venice, Dublin and Mumbai and also had the opportunity to travel to London following the reception of an award through the Canada Council International Residencies Program. He has had solo projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Contemporary No.9 (Toronto), Centre Clark (Montreal) and Volta 5 (Basel, Switzeralnd). Additionally Notable group exhibitions include the 2013-2014 touring MASS MoCA exhibition Oh Canada, a feature at the Art Gallery of Alberta, participation in the Sculpture Bienniale (Saint-Port de Joli), as well as the Junction Arts Festival (Tasmania) and inclusion in the 2011 Quebec Triennial.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) was founded from the former Art Gallery of North York in 1999. In 2005, MOCCA relocated to the West Queen West Art +Design District in downtown Toronto, in the heart of one of North America’s most dynamic arts communities. Our facility is modest in scale, impressive in design, and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for cultural production and exchange. The mandate of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is to exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian and international artists whose works engage and address challenging issues and themes relevant to our times. MOCCA is committed to providing a forum for emerging artists that show particular promise and to established artists whose works are considered to be ground-breaking or influential.