Installation view with (left) Kelly Mark, The Kiss (Light Box), 2009, archival Durotrans print mounted into aluminum light box, 63.5 x 81.3 x 12.7 cm.; and (right) Micah Lexier, Two Ways to Make 2, 2000, white neon, 55.9 x 83.8 x 2.5 cm.

Micah Lexier and Kelly Mark

Oshawa, Canada

Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Words, numbers, and signatures—the hallmarks of the art world as it is measured—formed the conceptual basis of this show pairing works by two Nova Scotia College of Art and Design graduates. Like the two television screens that face each other in The Kiss (Light Box) (2009), Micah Lexier and Kelly Mark are conceptual artists who complement each other brilliantly. For instance, Mark’s rubber stamps bear her signature, though they are scribed by friends and then reproduced. She uses these fakes to authenticate her work. Lexier’s signature stamps consist of 10 varied signings of his name printed as letterpress cards. For both artists, ideas of “work” and “fabrication” are embedded in their projects. Lexier’s Coin Piece (dentil, no dentil) (1997) plays on notions of value, particularly that of art. The machine-made coins have no markings on their heads or their tails. …see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.