A Painting to Match the Couch consists of a rug, table, lamp and couch and a photograph of the rug, table and couch in an elaborate gold frame. The work challenges the perception of art as mere decoration. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s many artists created installations that isolated a unique social or political concept using everyday or found materials.
Iain Baxter, one of the two artists of N.E. Thing Co., was born in the U.K., raised in Alberta, studied in the U.S. and Japan and currently lives in Kingsville, Ontario. He was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004.