Combines Found Objects with Sculpture
All Numbers Are Equal
Micah Lexier, 2000.
An exhibition titled “Some Things,” by
installation artist Micah Lexier from Toronto, Canada,
will open in the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer, on Wednesday,
March 4, and will be on display through Tuesday, March
Lexier will visit campus and give a lecture on Tuesday,
March 3, at 7 p.m. in Graham Hall, Hillyer.
“Some Things,” describes
Lexier, is an exhibition that takes the form of two display
cases sitting in the middle of the Oresman Gallery space.
One vitrine hosts Lettersize
(Chained), a piece by the artist from 2001. The second
vitrine contains a number of objects found and collected
by the artist over the years that relate to his sculpture
in some direct or oblique way. Items include pieces of paper
found on the street, tools, die-cut cardboard, a magic trick,
printed stationary and assorted other things.
Lexier sees “Some
Things” as part of
a new hybrid activity that is part artwork and part curatorial
practice. For the past few years Lexier has presented found
and collected objects in vitrines or display cases—bringing
together particular groupings for particular situations.
This work is no exception. It is a unique presentation even
if some of the individual objects have appeared in earlier
The artist has also designed
a poster and a printed multiple—a
numbered, detailed list of the vitrine contents that has
been folded and placed in a specially printed envelope. It
is available free at the gallery.
Lexier is an artist, a
collector of things, and (sometimes) a curator. He has
a deep interest in measurement, numbers and the kinds of
casual marks we make in our day-to-day lives. He has had
more than 90 solo exhibitions, participated in more than
150 group exhibitions and produced a dozen permanent public
commissions. Lexier’s work is in numerous private and
public collections, including The British Museum (London),
the Contemporary Art Gallery (Sydney, Australia), The Jewish
Museum (New York) and The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).