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2005 10 17
Micah Lexier at Birch Libralato Gallery

Micah Lexier’s new show, “Lives & Works”, transforms Birch Libralato’s back gallery into a minimal scrapbook where random notes, drawn fragments and the unexpected create a snapshot of the artist’s life. Unlike much of his previous work where life is carefully organized and measured, this show includes the anomalies and serendipity that fascinate Lexier, but don’t fit neatly into his expected and organized art practice.

As Lexier explains, “I wanted to open up my artwork to anything I find interesting, like a found envelope or handwriting from someone’s correspondence. Life is messy, random and complex. I wanted the artwork to be able to find room for anything.”

The collected fragments of text and drawings are enlarged and rendered in laser-cut steel or water jet-cut aluminium. Each line, letter or punctuation is individually fixed to the gallery wall, dissolving any sense of the artwork having a boundary. Lexier describes this effect as “making the wall appear like a piece of paper.”

(photo above: various Lexier artworks ready for installation)

Micah Lexier, Lives & Works
Birch Libralato Gallery, 129 Tecumseth Street
Opening: Thursday October 20th, 5-8
Continues until November 19th
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