Toronto

Micah Lexier

Birch Contemporary

Micah Lexier’s recent exhibition, “→ (the title is an arrow),” started from the most minimal means—an arrow—and explored the semiotics of marks, symbols, and words. The majority of Lexier’s directional signs are derived from a single scrawl, which was digitally enlarged—hence emphasizing its handmade irregularities—and serially fabricated from stamped and painted water-jet-cut aluminum. The impressive 12-Foot White Arrow (all works 2009), installed on the gallery’s facade, pointed at the entryway with an exaggerated denotative emphasis that would ensure distant recognition, perhaps by satellites, or by God.

This playful provocation continued inside, where an array of smaller arrows toyed pleasingly with a relationship to words. Identically sized and hanging on the wall, most arrows were differentiated only by color and their self-descriptive titles—This Is the First Arrow You See When You

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