Lisa Myers
Recent Curatorial Projects

Reading the Talk continues at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario from September 20th, 2014 through to January 5th, 2015. This exhibition will travel to Museum London, Art Gallery of Peterborough and MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario.
Co-curated by Rachelle Dickenson and Lisa Myers

Reading the Talk presents how contemporary artists Michael Belmore, Hannah Claus, Patricia Deadman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Keesic Douglas and Melissa General engage their artworks in critical conversations about relationship to lands, region and territory, while considering distinct indigenous perspectives on the history of treaties in this land now referred to as Canada. These artists lead us through contemporary perspectives that expand concepts of land value beyond resource extraction and private property interest.

Recast at Gallery 44 in Toronto, Ontario.
Opening Friday, October 24, 2014 to Saturday, November 22, 2014
Reception on October 24, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Recast will travel to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in summer of 2015.

Recast suggests the changing of roles often associated with theatre or film, or the remaking of something. This exhibition presents Christian Chapman’s video collaboration and Bev Koski's photographic series to consider how meaning shifts with the recasting of narrative and objects. Chapman invites Sébastien Aubin’s and Caroline Monnet’s media art collective AM, filmmaker Marja Bål Nango, and artist Nathan Young to join him as each edits super eight footage of a self-taught Woodland painter living in the bush. This experiment of outcomes reveals multiple roles of an artist. Koski's photographs of tourist kitsch figurines peering out from under beaded covers creates new persona for caricature depictions of Indigenous North Americans. These larger than life portraits give new meaning to the objects they represent, performing new roles and declaring an unexpected presence.
http://gallery44.org/exhibitions/recast

Following That Moment
Experimental Video program and in cinema presentation for Indigi-Talks at ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.
2pm on Friday, October 24, 2014 at TIFF Lightbox.

Featuring video work by Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Dana Claxton,
Thirza Cuthand, Zachery Longboy and Mike MacDonald.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Collaboration with Richard Fung at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in
November, 2014.

Group show at CUAG in April, 2015. Curated by Corinna Ghaznavi.

Residencies:

8 Fest animation residency offered in partnership with Toronto Animated Image Society. September through December 2014.

Recent Exhibitions

You Are What You Eat, You Are Owen Gallery, Mount Alison University in Sackville New Brunswick. Opening September 20, 2014.

Shore Lunch
The final performance happening this Sunday, June 29th and Tuesday, July 1st at Canada Square at Harbourfront in Toronto at 1pm to 2pm.

Shore Lunch addresses the layered history of Toronto's shoreline exploring the historical interaction of waterfront leisure areas and industrial hubs in Canada's Great Lakes. On June 29th and July 1st will feature a performance collaboration with media artist and musician Melody McKiver, Shore Lunch acknowledges the past sustenance of this place.

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/freshg
Art Gallery of Peterborough in the group exhibition "Artists' Walks"
Curated by Earl Miller
artists: Marlene Creates, Don Gill, Vera Greenwood, Barbara Lounder, Lisa Myers, Gwen MacGregor, and Samuel Rowlett
Opening Friday, January 17th, 2014
and artist talk on Saturday 18th, 2014
runs from January 17 to March 16, 2014. For more information click here Artists' Walks

Opening Friday, September 27th!! Waterfront - September 27, 2013, at Definitely Superior, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Collaboration with Sean Martindale and Yvan McKinnon
ALL PURPOSE as part of the exhibition Land/Slide: Possible Futures - September 21 to October 14, 2013 at the Markham Museum

Some of my media work is online at MAP Magazine

Recent curatorial projects

NOT SO FAST at York Quay Centre, Harbourfront, Toronto - Opening reception Thursday, July 19th, 2012, show ran until September 23, 2012.

Night Kitchen Under the Tabletop at OCAD U, Nuit Blanche 2012, Toronto - September 29th 7pm to 7am.

Recent art projects

Blueprints For a Long Walk ran from May 30 to June 29, 2013 at Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

True North
"True North" at the York Quay Centre at Harbourfront in Toronto, show ends April 14, 2013.

Noise Cooking a collaboration with Autumn Chacon at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the Young Gallery. Opening reception August 15th from 6pm to 8pm. Exhibition runs until October 28th. recent write up in Art:21 blog column Gastro-Vision

Recent writing

Review of Beat Nation in the recent issue of C Magazine

Attended a super fun art curator/writer's residency at Est Nord Est in May/June 2012. I'm contributing an article to their next publication.

Contribution to NDNSPAM art net project:
Memories of Spamtown


Upcoming Exhibitions
Shore Lunch at Harbourfront Toronto, May 2014


Curatorial Statement
My art, writing and curatorial research interests include museum conventions, contemporary Indigenous art, geography and the use of food in art practice. In my curatorial practice, I work with the artist(s) collaboratively to investigate the curatorial premise or thesis of an exhibition. In this way, I value the reciprocation of ideas and research between the artist(s) and curator throughout the planning of an exhibition. As part of a student project I co-curated "You Are Here" (2010) at the Art Gallery of Ontario. My independent curatorial projects include "NOT SO FAST" at York Quay Centre at Harbourfront in Toronto and "past now" at the MacLaren Art Centre, "Night Kitchen Under the Table Top" for Nuit Blanche at OCAD U in 2012.

Artist Statement
I consider walking and cooking as research methods for art making. Using video, super eight film, photographs, sound, and writing as documentation sources, I delve into stories and experiment with ways to retell or re-construct narratives in sculptural and installation form. I use a range of media and materials in my artwork including print making, sewn structures and surfaces often involving video projections, audio and the assemblage of materials such as food, seeds, canvas and beads. The tactile nature of working with these materials is similar to the creative process of cooking. Each ingredient has a story and its origin or cultivation contributes to the meal, as do the materials that I bring together in my artwork. The emphasis on food and place resonate through much of my work and reifies the stories and meaning embedded and imbued on these elements.

In addition to being an artist, Lisa Myers is a curator, musician and chef. These disciplines inform her various practices. In 2011, Myers earned her Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University, which focused on the use of food in Indigenous art practice. She has exhibited her work in a number of group exhibitions in venues including Onsite[at]OCAD (Toronto), MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Lisa works and lives in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.