Artist dou­bles down on dis­play of Davids

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Kevin Prokosh

IF you were born Dec. 7, 1959, artist Micah Lex­ier is look­ing for you to­day, even if your name is not David. Lex­ier is the lo­cal artist fa­mous for his mem­o­rable 1994 Winnipeg Art Gallery ex­hi­bi­tion A Por­trait of David, which con­sisted of 75 photographs of Davids from one to 75 in age. It was a ma­jor hit with the pub­lic which led to a se­quel project called David Then & Now, which con­sisted of pho­tos of the orig­i­nal Davids taken 10 years later and pre­sented in bus shel­ters around the city. Another decade has passed and the 53-year-old Lex­ier, who now lives in Toronto, has un­veiled his 20th an­niver­sary fol­lowup called David’s Dou­bles. For the first time, photo sub­jects don’t have to be named David, they just have to have been born on the same day as one of the orig­i­nal Davids. “I’m very in­ter­ested in the pas­sage of time, what time does to us and our bod­ies,” says Lex­ier, who is back in town hop­ing to find some­one here cel­e­brat­ing his or her 54th birth­day Satur­day and wants his or her pic­ture taken. “David’s Dou­bles will show how two peo­ple born the ex­act same day ages.” Of the orig­i­nal 75 Davids, 15 have died, so his pool for Dou­bles is 60. Find­ing all 60 is a huge un­der­tak­ing, but Lex­ier is pub­li­ciz­ing his lat­est project be­cause one of the orig­i­nal Davids, David Fasano, is in town this weekend and he would love to find his first dou­ble. Any­one turn­ing 54 Satur­day and wants to be part of the ex­hi­bi­tion should im­me­di­ately call Mary Reid (at 204-451-4823), the di­rec­tor/cu­ra­tor of the Univer­sity of Manitoba School of Art Gallery where David’s Dou­bles will be pre­sented in 2015. “I hope I can makes this one work,” he says. “I may have bit­ten off too much. Find­ing the orig­i­nal Davids is one thing, and now it is nee­dle in the haystack time be­cause you have to find peo­ple born on a spe­cific day on our list.” Lex­ier is a prom­i­nent Cana­dian artist who is the sub­ject of a ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive called One, and Two, and More Than Two cur­rently on dis­play at Toronto’s Power Plant. It is one of a large num­ber of in­ter­na­tional and na­tional solo ex­hi­bi­tions in­volv­ing Lex­ier. His work can be found in the Bri­tish Mu­seum, the Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia and the Na­tional Gallery of Canada. But he comes home to do his David projects. He re­mem­bers the first fondly and the im­pact of see­ing all th­ese Davids span­ning 75 years lined up be­side each other. “In the big Winnipeg Art Gallery space you could see time pass­ing, and it was sur­pris­ingly emo­tional,” says the 1982 Univer­sity of Manitoba grad­u­ate who left Winnipeg when he was 22. Lex­ier had al­ways been in­ter­ested in do­ing a piece about his own age, pho­tograph­ing him­self with peo­ple born the same day, but he thought such self-fo­cus was too nar­cis­sis­tic, so he shelved the idea. It popped up again when friends and Davids be­gan re­mind­ing him another an­niver­sary was com­ing.

“I feel a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity to do a fol­lowup project,” he says. “If I’m around, I can’t imag­ine not do­ing a fourth one. That’s why I want this one to work, so there can be a fourth one.” For more in­for­ma­tion on David’s Dou­bles and the birth­date search go to www.davids­dou­ble.com.

SUP­PLIED PHO­TOS

Left, David Fasano is turn­ing 54 to­day, and artist Micah Lex­ier is look­ing for some­one else cel­e­brat­ing his or her 54th birth­day who wants to ap­pear in a photo with Fasano. Above, the many Davids of Lex­ier’s pre­vi­ous project.

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