787 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Aimée Henny Brown
How the West was Won, 2013

08.08.13 – 18.09.13

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How the West was Won is a mixed-media installation exploring tropes of the Wild West and Cowboy culture, employing Western novels as both sculptural material and vignette subject matter. Dominated by sweeping landscapes and gender stereotypes, characters who talk with their guns and only cry for their horses, Westerns allow a romantic lens through which to view the settlement of western North America by cowboys and lawmen. This romance is reinforced by a drastic shift in scale, from the vast imaginary world of sweeping narrative, miniaturized and encapsulated within the *QueenSpecific vitrine, inviting the viewer to compromise their own physical vantage point and participate in a manifestation of the imaginary.

Born and raised in Western Canada, Aimée Henny Brown completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. After moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2005, she obtained her Masters in Fine and Media Arts at NSCAD University in 2007. Brown’s artistic practice engages archives and research to place historical content within contemporary performance and visual art.


Curated by Stefan Hancherow and Jennifer Simaitis.

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