Birch Contemporary

Micah Lexier: Here, Not Here

For Lexier's 11th solo exhibition with Birch Contemporary the front gallery space becomes a minimalist environment, with the gallery's white walls supporting a series of carefully placed arrows and accompanying texts. Here, Not Here started its life as a found image, one of thousands that Lexier has amassed as part of his archive of source imagery. With trademark restraint, Lexier transforms this image into a deceptively simple installation of image, text and context. Each of the gallery's four walls is a discreet artwork, yet each wall hosts the exact same elements, the only differences being colour and position. Together, the four walls coalesce into a cohesive installation that plays with repetition and subtle variation.

In the back gallery, Lexier presentsAAAA a suite of acid-etched, stainless steel drawings based on another found image. This series, entitled Fig. 5-3 (titled after the source image), also includes the identical arrow that is used in the Here, Not Here installation. The two bodies of work share Lexier's fascination with the arrow as one of the most ubiquitous and most unambiguous of signs. Lexier has produced a number of artworks in which an arrow is prominently featured including the Sydney Signs print edition (2004), the Corrected Arrows series (2006), the Arrow Piece series (2007), the This Is An Arrow series (2009-2016), and Four Arrows for 67 Steps made this year. 

Micah Lexier is a Toronto-based artist whose activities including making, collecting, and organizing. He has a deep interest in measurement, increment, the passage of time, found imagery, geometry and display structures. Lexier has undertaken a number of collaborations with other visual artists, with family members, and most notably with writers, including Booker finalist Colm Tóibín, and Griffin Poetry Prize winner Christian Bök. His projects range in scale and permanence from ephemera to public sculptures. He has presented over 100 solo exhibitions, participated in more than 200 group exhibitions and has produced a dozen permanent public commissions. In 2013 The Power Plant Art Gallery hosted a fifteen-year survey exhibition of Lexier’s work entitled One, and Two, and More Than Two. In 2015 Lexier was honoured with a Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Lexier’s work is in numerous public and corporate collections including The British Museum (London, England), the Contemporary Art Gallery (Sydney, Australia), The Jewish Museum (New York), The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), The Vancouver Art Gallery, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).