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   Date: 2/27/09

Exhibition Combines Found Objects with Sculpture

All Numbers Are Equal (Perpetua), by 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 31.

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 seesSome 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 combinations.

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).



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