Toronto-based conceptual artist and curator Micah Lexier, has taken over the Power Plant and divided his work into 3 categories: One, and Two, And More Than Two. With characteristic precision, style and community spirit, he presents a body of work that exercises his multi-tiered practice of sculpture, installation, video, text based work, and curation. On view are a number of solo works (one), a grouping of collaborative pieces (two), and a curatorial project comprising 221 artworks and objects (more than two).
I'm honoured to be one of the 101 Toronto-based artists, duos and collectives included in his curatorial work titled More Than Two (Let it Make Itself). This ambitious project and accompanying publication celebrates an expansive community of artists at varying stages of their careers. "The thirty vitrines that constitute the exhibition", Lexier states, "house my personal take on some of the wonderful, inventive, like-minded objects that I encountered during my research." I feel akin to his playful practice and his personal experience with the creative process, intuitive discovery, and the presentation of these concepts in the contemporary gallery context. I wholeheartedly embrace happenstance in the act of making and exhibiting these beautiful moments emphasizes the romance and ritual of the maker-object relationship.
The piece Lexier selected when "shopping for objects" at my studio is a pair of porcelain works titled Fallen Flat (photo courtesy of Jeremy Jansen) shown below. Heather and I loved walking through this room referencing the exhibition guide to figure out who made what. There is lots to take in and engage with. We want to congratulate Micah on this impressive and well deserved exhibition.
Additional photography by Toni Hafkenscheid. All photos courtesy of The Power Plant, Toronto.