Lives and works in Toronto, Ontario
With his clever, provocative arrows pointing the viewer in all the right — or wrong, depending on your viewpoint — directions, Micah Lexier uses mark-making, text, symbols, and references to everyday life to critique the politics of space and the workings of consumer culture. His intellectual and multi-tiered practice — Lexier operates not only as an artist but a collector, book publisher, and curator — combines Minimalist-inspired reductive gestures with the precise measurements of a Mathematician and the intellectual rigor of a Conceptualist. Here the artist has installed painted, waterjet-cut aluminum arrows throughout the museum featuring stamped text that refers directly to their position, context, or location. With self-referential phrases such as This Is an Arrow in a Vitrine with Other Things That Have Arrows on Them and This Is an Arrow Pointing at an Outlet, Lexier’s simple gestures reveal the hidden cues inherent in the architecture, exhibition design, and social space around them.
On view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
To hear the artist’s audio statement, click the audio player below: