My research considers the encoding and the role of materials as signifying power relations and sense(s) of value. I take these ideas in different directions in my curatorial projects to examine commodity chains, performance of materials, customary and cosmological value focusing on Indigenous art in North America. I originally began this line of inquiry with considering food as a material in artwork by Indigenous artists. My independent curatorial projects include "NOT SO FAST" (2013) at York Quay Centre at Harbourfront in Toronto and "past now" (2010) at the MacLaren Art Centre, "Night Kitchen Under the Table Top" (2012) for Nuit Blanche at OCAD U, and "Recast" (2014) at Gallery 44. 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. Lisa's Mother's family is Anishnaabe and French from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nation in the Georgian Bay region, and her Dad is from English and Austrian ancestry who settled in southern Ontario. 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.Recent Traveling Curatorial ProjectsReading the Talk
continues at the Museum London in London, Ontario from May 8, 2015 through to August 30, 2015. This exhibition will travel to Art Gallery of Peterborough and MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario.
Co-curated by Rachelle Dickenson and Lisa MyersReading 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 Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
Opening Friday, June 19, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Artist and Curator talk on April 9th at 6:00PM Recast
suggests the changing of roles often associated with theatre or film, or the remaking of something. This exhibition presents Christian Chapmans video collaboration and Bev Koski's photographic series to consider how meaning shifts with the recasting of narrative and objects. Chapman invites Sébastien Aubins and Caroline Monnets 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/recastRecent Exhibitions and Projects
Shore Lunch will take place on the shore of the Rideau River as part of the performance event "Good Afternoon" curated by Michael Davidge at Carleton University.Shore Lunch
addresses the layered history of the railway and shoreline along the Rideau River. Shore Lunch invites us all to consider the sustenance this place offers.
Group show /Human Nature/ at the Carleton University Art Gallery on March 9th, noon to 2pm, as part of Ontario Scene April, 2015.
Curated by Corinna Ghaznavi.Residencies
Artist in residence at the AGO from September to November, 2015.
8 Fest animation residency offered in partnership with Toronto Animated Image Society. September through December 2014.Recent Exhibitions and Screenings
In Collaboration with Richard Fung, Ramabai Espinet and local cooks in Mississauga, we'll be getting together to share recipes, stories and cooking techniques using white flour and the foods white flour displaced during shifting food uses primarily considering the exchanges through shared colonial histories. Commissioned through the Art Gallery of Mississauga for their Social Fabric
program this Gathering
of 12 cooks took place on March 28, 2015 at Eden Community Food Bank kitchen.
8 Fest in Toronto - screening a new super 8 animated film. Festival takes place Friday January 30 Sunday February 1 at the SPK Polish Combatants Hall a little festival for small films http://the8fest.com
Some of my media work is online at MAP MagazineFollowing 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.Recent writing
Following that Moment (2014) - Experimental Video from the '90s. Essay commissioned by Vtape and ImagineNative Film and Media Festival
Contribution to NDNSPAM art net project:Memories of Spamtown