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The Armoury of the Miss General Idea Pavillion: The Standards

General Idea1988 - 1991

Canada Council Art Bank

Canada Council Art Bank

This series of artworks from The Armoury of the Miss General Idea Pavilion: The Standards consists of 10 fibre-based badges. The badge, as a popular culture icon, is a testament to personal success in a given field of endeavour. General Idea’s play on the concept “provokes a discussion of sexuality and especially queer sexuality in the art world.”* This was one of General Idea’s many works that challenged the politics of Canadian censorship at the time.

AA Bronson lived and worked as part of the artists' group General Idea from 1969 until the deaths of his two partners Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz. Since 1999, AA Bronson’s solo exhibitions have been under his own name. Among his many awards are the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2002) and Officer of the Order of Canada (2008). AA Bronson was born in Vancouver and currently resides in Toronto and New York.

*Twitter interview, AA Bronson, August 2, 2011

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