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Micah Lexier

Printed Matter
195 Tenth Avenue, 212-925-0325
February 13 - March 24, 2007
Reception: Saturday, February 17, 5 - 7 PM
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  1. An exhibition of 25 years of multiples, invitations, coins, and books.
  2. An installation on Printed Matter’s west wall.
  3. A book launch for David Then & Now, Plug In Editions.
  4. A project for Printed Matter’s front windows.

The exhibition consists of a selection of invitations, multiples, bookworks, coins and various editions produced by Micah Lexier since 1981 and is Micah Lexier’s first New York retrospective. The artist is well known for his conceptual invitation cards-which have taken the form of prize ribbons, minted coins, and balloons, amongst others-and the exhibition will feature a survey of these works. For this exhibition, Lexier has designed a special invitation that takes the form of a letterpress-printed envelope in an unnumbered edition of 2000. The exhibition also includes Lexier’s minted coins, catalogues, and boxed multiples, including a printed flag project, a puzzle and numerous series of prints. On the occasion of this exhibition, Lexier has produced a new edition in the form of a 10-volume set of printed book jackets, which we will be presenting for the first time.

Two Equal Texts is a new, site-specific window project by the artist for Printed Matter’s storefront made in collaboration with the poet Christian Bök. Two Equal Texts adds to and comments on the existing layers of text that frame Printed Matter’s storefront, which already includes a translucent Printed Matter sign placed over the previous tenant’s signage, and a site-specific neon sign by Joseph Kosuth, which in turn quotes a text by Michel Foucault. In placing his contribution in this landscape, Lexier adds yet another pair of voices to this site of dueling authors.

The opening reception will also serve as the launch for the artists` latest publication David Then & Now. Published by Plug In Editions in Winnipeg, David Then & Now is 184 pages and contains 99 images (19 color) with essays by Stephen Matijcio and Alison Gillmor. This publication relates to a project begun in 1993 entitled A Portrait of David, in which the artist created lifesize photographic portraits of 75 boys and men named David aged 1 to 75. Lexier has since recruited the original participants for another round of photographs. The result is David Then & Now.

Micah Lexier, a Canadian artist now based in New York, has developed his practice out of a reconsideration of the quasi-documentary strategies of early conceptual art, retooled to accommodate his concerns with time, identity and difference. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at The New Museum in New York, The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Contemporary Art Museum in Cincinnati, The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the Barbican Art Gallery in London, The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and the Museu da Gravura in Sao Paolo, among others.
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