The Power Plant presents a survey of significant work by Toronto-based artist Micah Lexier, bringing together an important selection of recent work that reflects the artist’s diverse and dynamic practice.
CURATED BY GAËTANE VERNA
One, and Two, and More Than Two
presents a survey of significant work by Toronto-based artist Micah Lexier. United by his interests in temporal and graphic systems of organization and measurement, this exhibition brings together an important selection of recent work that reflects the artist’s diverse and dynamic practice. Whether working individually (One
), in a collaborative process (Two
), or encompassing more than one hundred different artists (More than Two
), Lexier’s work evinces witty and playful reflections on the creative processes of making and presenting art.
At the level of One
, this exhibition features personal projects such as Self-Portrait as a Wall Text
(1998/2013), a seminal self-descriptive artwork that Lexier originally produced at the age of thirty-seven. Lexier pairs this with an updated version made specifically for The Power Plant, where both works are presented for the first time. Likewise, Working as a Drawing
displays a selection of 470 working documents culled from the last thirty-two years of his own artmaking. Additionally, Lexier presents a new video installation entitled This One, That One
, which explores the concepts of collecting and ordering seen that run throughout the exhibition.
Our north gallery is devoted to Two
, Lexier’s collaborations with writers, including: Two Equal Texts
(1998/2007), a complex anagram work made with poet Christian Bök; I Am The Coin
(2010), in which Lexier custom minted twenty-thousand coins with a text by novelist Derek McCormack; and 1334 Words for 1334 Students
(2008), a project Lexier made with writer Colm Tóibín who wrote a short story as many words long as there were students in Mississauga’s Cawthra Park Secondary School.
At his most ambitious, however, is Lexier’s More Than Two (Let It Make Itself)
, a curatorial project that displays over 200 new and recently created artworks and objects by 101 artists/duos/collectives in and around Toronto. Encompassing artists at varying stages of their careers, Lexier presents his take on the wide-ranging, multi-generational portrait of a robust Toronto art community. In seeking to celebrate this expansive community, Lexier brings to The Power Plant an incisive look at the networks of creative production that surround it. “The thirty vitrines that constitute the exhibition”, he states, “house my personal take on some of the wonderful, inventive, like-minded objects that I encountered during my research.” More Than Two
is in constant dialogue with Lexier's whole exhibition, enabling audiences to see and experience the artist’s multi-faceted practice. One, and Two, and More Than Two
is a vibrant portrait of not only an artist but of his practice as well as his diverse community.
Micah Lexier (born Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1960) is an artist and curator living and working in Toronto. Over the last thirty years, Lexier has participated in a large number of international and national solo exhibitions and group exhibitions, and has produced several local public commissions. His work is found in various collections, including: The British Museum, London; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. He is represented by Birch Contemporary, Toronto.
MORE THAN TWO ARTIST LIST
Adam David Brown
and Daniel Borins
Jillian Kay Ross
Jennifer Rose Sciarrino
and David Court
and Jack Wilson
Micah Lexier, Fill in the Blanks (For The Power Plant), 2013.
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We invite you to elaborate on the site-specific work on the exterior of our building, all part of the current exhibition. Guess the artist's answer to this word puzzle and enter the contest at the gallery to receive a special prize.
Only one entry per person. Entries with profanities or hateful remarks will not be considered. The gallery reserves the right to publish all entries.