Myers, Lisa

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Myers, Lisa

Assistant Professor


AOCA, BFA, MFA , OCAD University

Visual art, community art, socially engaged art & participatory art practices; Indigenous art; Curatorial practice, art theory & criticism; Food studies related to art, value & land.


I am an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. I have a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. My recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation and performance. Since 2010, I have worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and stop-motion animation. My participatory performances involve sharing berries and other food items in social gatherings reflecting on the value found in place and displacement; straining and absorbing. I have exhibited my work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. My writings have been published in a number of exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. I am based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario and a member of Beausoleil First Nation.

Research

Recent Curatorial Projects

Touring: Carry Forward (2017); Wnoondwaamin|we hear them (2016); Recast (2013); and Reading the Talk.

Major Projects

2018-2019 upcoming – Beads, they’re sewn so tight exhibition and conference at Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto.

2018 Shore Lunch in Clarkson as part of the exhibition The Work of Wind. Curated by Christine Shaw at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga. This installation will include a circle conversation with Indigenous people and migrant workers in Ontario.

2019 upcoming researching and Re-installing artist Mike MacDonald’s Butterfly Garden at the Woodland Cultural Centre and at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG), Kitchener.

2014-2017 Reading the Talk, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Touring

2015 to Museum London and Art Gallery of Peterborough 2016 to the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Rodman Hall in St. Catherines, and 2017 to the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford.

Select Performance and participatory projects

2017 Shored-Up Collective as part of the exhibition and performance series Unsettled, collaboration performance, Guild Park, Scarborough.

2016 Playing Spoons, invited as part of Christof Migone’s exhibition Mixer. Koerner Hall, Toronto.


2016 miijim for time-beings, collaboration with artist Myung-Sun Kim at Artscape Gibraltar Point as part of the Gendai Kitchen series.


2016 Well Read, Participatory art action in collaboration with Ryan Rice and a reading of the Truth and Reconciliation report at OCAD University, Toronto.


Markham, Ontario.
2013 All Purpose, performance in the installation created with Sean Martindale and Yvan McKinnon as part of the exhibition Land|Slide at the Markham Museum.

Community Engagement

2017 Cooking-as-Inquiry: Wild Rice/Manoomin, leading a series of workshops with guest speakers on cooking and learning, part of the Subtle Technologies Festival, Brickworks, Toronto.

2017 Cooking-as-Inquiry: Family food, hosted a community meal at the Theatre Centre Toronto, three students from my Food, Land and Culture class presented documentary and spoken word.

2015 Mentor for collaborative independent project Carnivora, members include artists Dana Prieto, Tarin Mead, Katheryn Wabigijig and Sooyeong Lee. Advising on research, fieldwork, a public engagement and exhibition of resulting artwork.

2011-2012 Food coordinator and cook for participatory dinner and art micro-funding event FEAST 1-6 at Xspace Cultural Centre, Toronto.

Select Solo Exhibitions

2015 Blueprints, Prints and Drawings Treasury, Art Gallery of Ontario

2015 Each Portion, animation at Art Gallery of Ontario and Nuit Blanche.

2014 Shore Lunch, multi-site performance commissioned by Fresh Ground, Harbourfront, Toronto.

Awards

  • Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Curatorial Project
  • Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Curatorial Project
  • Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Selected Publications

Art Publications

2016     “ozhichige: Olivia Whetung”, Slip the Snare exhibition catalogue, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.

2014     “Land Use,” exhibition catalogue for Reading the Talk, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario.

2012     “Beat Nation” exhibition review in C magazine, Issue 116 “Participation,” pp 58-59.

2012     “Gwen MacGregor and Sandra Rechico: Backtrack,” A-Trans Pavilion, Berlin, Germany, exhibition review for C Magazine, Issue 112 “Exhibition Practices,” pp 50-51.


Journal Publications

2012     “Serving it Up: Recipes, Art and Indigenous Perspective” Senses and Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 173-195.

2012     “Participating in the Ahzhekewada [Let Us Look Back] – Revisioning the Indians of Canada Pavilion” Public, Volume 23, Issue 46 “Prime Mover: On Collecting Media Art”, pp 170-172.