HE WOULD HAVE (FROM THE LIVES AND WORKS SERIES)
laser-cut steel and painted waterjet-cut aluminum
signed with initials and dated 2005 on left apostrophe
18.25 ins x 5.5 ins; 46.4 cms x 14 cms
Lexier’s oeuvre is conceptual in nature and practice, founded on ideas that precede the realization of the work. His creative practice is pervasive, extending far beyond the walls of the gallery and into the collective cultural conscious. He Would Have (2005), from the artist’s “Lives and Works Series” is an example of Lexier’s laser-cut sculpture, an effect that intrigues audiences through the use of “visual idioms”. Self-Portrait as a Piece of Paper (1997) references Lexier’s own personal experience, and highlights his creative exploration of life and age. Here the artist characteristically inserts language, in printed text at the bottom, signifying its importance and its permanence in his work.
Lexier studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before establishing himself in Toronto. He has participated in numerous international group exhibitions including Numerica at the Centro Arte Contemporanea in Siena, Italy (2007); The Time of Our Lives at the New Museum in New York (1999), and Speed at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, England (1998). His work is featured in numerous private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario; British Museum (London); The Jewish Museum (New York) and the Contemporary Art Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Most recently a survey of his work “One, and Two, and More Than Two” was shown at the Power Plant (Toronto), in 2013 and 2014.
Private Collection, Ontario