Thursday, May 24, 2012

Micah Lexier | A Coin in the Corner

It's more than a little strange that what is perhaps the largest ever survey of Canadian artists is taking place in the US, but MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish has spent the last three years criss-crossing Canada, conducting countless studio visits in almost every province in the country. The result is the (unfortunately titled) Oh! Canada exhibition, which opens this Saturday and runs until April 1st, 2013. The show features more than 60 artists, including Kim Adams, Gisele Amantea, Shuvinai Ashoona, Amalie Atkins, Nicolas Baier, Daniel Barrow, Dean Baldwin,Rebecca Belmore, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Valérie Blass, Shary Boyle, Bill Burns, Eric Cameron, Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonoréalistes, Janice Wright Cheney, Douglas Coupland, Ruth Cuthand, Dave and Jenn, Michel de Broin, Wally Dion, Mario Doucette,Marcel Dzama, Brendan Fernandes, Michael Fernandes, Eryn Foster,Noam Gonick and Luis Jacob, Hadley + Maxwell, David R. Harper,David Hoffos, Kristan Horton, Terrance Houle, Allison Hrabluik, Sarah Anne Johnson, Garry Neill Kennedy, Wanda Koop, Diane Landry,Micah Lexier, Craig Leonard, Myfanwy MacLeod, Kelly Mark, Luanne Martineau, Rita McKeough, Divya Mehra, Chris Millar, Kent Monkman,Kim Morgan, Andrea Mortson, Clint Neufeld, Graeme Patterson, Ed Pien, Annie Pootoogook, Ned Pratt, Michael Snow, Charles Stankievech, Joseph Tisiga, Hans Wendt, Janet Werner, Mitchell Wiebe, John Will and Étienne Zack, many of whom have appeared (or will appear) on this site with examples of their artists' books or multiples.

Micah Lexier's piece for the exhibition is an installation involving a coin affixed to the floor, placed in every corner of the institution. Lexier has also produced additional coins (minus the pin that secures them into the floor) as a multiple. Visit his website, currently under construction, here.

Sarah Milroy interviews Denise Markonish about the show on the Canadian Art website, here.

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