Micah Lexier: A Week at a Glance

Curated by Marcie Bronson for the Rodman Hall Art Centre at Brock University, A Week at a Glance is a one-year project made specifically for Rodman Hall. It opened on January 3, 2011, and concludes on January 1, 2012. For over 30 years, Micah Lexier has produced projects that illuminate the subtle actions and elements that pass unnoticed in our daily lives. Organization, classification, and measurement are at the heart of his practice, which often involves a guiding set of self-imposed constraints. In this one-year installation made for Rodman Hall, beginning on the first Monday of 2011, four objects were displayed in the gallery’s project space, which has been converted into a custom-built vitrine.

Each Monday, one object is removed and replaced by another drawn from Lexier’s personal collection of everyday items, which includes stationery, the backs of things, printed and cut cardboard, books, games, puzzles, teaching tools, printed envelopes, scribbled notes, and various items found on the street.

Following Lexier’s predetermined schedule of exchanges, the installation slowly evolves over the course of the year. The project concludes on the first Sunday of 2012 with a display that is one move away from the first, creating a complete loop that brings the project back to its beginning.

For more information, please visit www.brocku.ca/rodman-hall/exhibitions and www.micahlexier.com.

A book launch for A Week At A Glance takes place on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Type Books, located at 883 Queen Street West in Toronto. The book is a 320-page rreproduction of all 52 one-week displays depicted at actual size. The size of the book relates to the display surface in the vitrine, and each week is represented by three consecutive double-page spreads. The books are $20 and are available at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Type Books and Art Metropole.

A special limited-edition version is also available. It includes a unique 9″ x 12″ C-print of one of the 52 objects from A Week At A Glance as well as one copy of the bookwork, poster and brochure, all packaged in a custom silkscreen-printed cardboard box. There are 52 boxed sets and each contains a different photograph. The limited-edition boxed sets cost $100 and are only available from the Rodman Hall Art Centre or at the Type Books book launch on April 16, 2011. If you would like to reserve a particular image, please contact Danny Custodio at dcustodio@brocku.ca.

For more information on the book, please visit www.brocku.ca/rodman-hall/shop/publications and to purchase the book online, please visit http://artmetropole.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=shop.FA_dsp_browse_details&InventoryUnitsID=9a7754e6-ce21-45c1-9bdf-f16ead95632b&CategoryID=&UnitsType=0_0.