Micah Lexier and Derek McCormack

I Am The Coin, 2009
letterpress print, edition silver 6, 24 x 16 inches
courtesy the artists and Birch Libralato
value: $400 framed

Micah Lexier is a Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based artist. He curates occasionally and collects often – generally items made of paper, including out-of-print conceptual art documents, printed cardboard boxes, and various items found on the street. He has a deep interest in measurement, numbers, and the kinds of casual marks we make in our day-to-day lives. He has a particular interest in tokens and coins and has made a number of works utilizing custom-minted coins. Lexier has presented over 90 solo exhibitions, participated in over 150 group exhibitions and produced a dozen public commissions.

Derek McCormack’s latest novel is The Show That Smells (ECW Press, 2008). His last novel, The Haunted Hillbilly (ECW Press, 2003), was named one of the best books of 2004 by both the Globe & Mail and the Village Voice. In 2005, it was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Best International Gay Fiction. He is also the author of two short story collections: Dark Rides and Wish Book: A Catalogue of Stories, and the co-author of Wild Mouse, a carnival book which was nominated for the 1999 Toronto Book Award. He and comic artist Seth collaborated on Christmas Days, a history of Christmas culture in Canada. He has published articles on the artists David Altmejd and Vincent Fecteau, and has contributed critical essays to two art exhibition catalogues: What It Feels Like For a Girl / Sinbad in the Rented World at the Art Gallery of York University; and Werewolf Express! at the Buena Yerba Arts Center in San Francisco, California. Along with artist Ian Phillips, he is creating a mail-art project for the Art Gallery of York University. He lives in Toronto.