Curated by Mitch Robertson
Micah Lexier, Kelly Mark, Janet Werner
10th April - 3rd May 2002
Toronto based artist and curator Mitch Robertson
exhibited at The Physics Room in early 2000, and building on this
contact, Robertson has now curated for the gallery Beautiful Stranger,
a group exhibition of Canadian artists.
In the words of the curator, "a portrait show
with hardly any portraits in it", the artists in this show
present works which focus on people often in obsessive, detailed
Kelly Marks work, seen in Australasia at
the Sydney Biennale of 1998, explores the role of surveillance in
our everyday lives, often taking on the assumed role of a stalker
or fan to unknown members of the public. Painter Janet Werner paints
portraits of people whom she has created or imagined, who take,
or ape the role of family portraiture, simulating the familiar appearance
of studio portraits.
Established artist Micah Lexiers conceptual
works encompass every non-traditional art material, exploring issues
of time and age in his own life and experiences. Repositioning himself
as the object of the artists spectacle, he reworks the traditional
situation of the artist as own model, presenting his own life through
a variety of self-mythologised realms. For Beautiful Stranger Lexier
has created a model of time called Gallery Hours in which visitors
to the gallery at set times of the day receive an artists token
in return for their participation in the work.
This exhibition runs at the Physics Room from 10th April -
3rd May, with an opening preview at 5.30 9th April.
Room receives major funding from Creative New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa.
Reviews, Essays & Articles
Views of Remoteness
The Press, 2002 May 1, p. 32
Beautiful Stranger: an exhibition by three Canadian artists.
The Package, #143, April 18 - 24, 2002
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER : Curated by Mitch Robertson
Essay by Andrew Paul Wood
In The Physics Room Annual 2002