Micah Lexier’s studio apartment offers a peek into the impulses behind his unique combination of exactitude and offhandedness. The Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based artist, curator and collector is fascinated with indexes – mark-making, measurement, proximity… this is the stuff of his own artwork and his interest in art and design in general. His studio is startlingly clean, comprised of uniform rows of shelves and files. His living space is orderly, emphasizing the harmony of his basic needs with the aesthetic contributions of the artworks and design objects he lives with. But it isn’t all predetermined, as the ever-rotating collection of objects on his long countertop reveals. The series of small pieces, some of which are catalogued here, testify to Lexier’s inquisitive mind and restless spirit. Ever shifting, based on formal and thematic associations as much as the artist’s whim, these small works and multiples signal his abiding interest in the gesture. Things picked up, moved around – one thing after the next.
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