MERCER Offsite: Hazel Meyer

Muscle Panic

23 August 2014 - 31 August 2014
Opening Reception 23 August 2014 3pm

Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, is delighted to partner with Sunday Drive Art Projects to present a new solo project by Hazel Meyer in Warkworth, Ontario.

From the monumental to the modest, Hazel Meyer’s projects range from large installations to small woven tags meant for an audience of one. She explores seemingly disparate yet overlapping preoccupations —intestines and athletics, feminism and the absurd, anxiety and textiles— using scale, language, play, repetition, gentle confrontation and ecstatic immersion. She has collaborated with teens, badminton players, composers, her mother, and artists for projects that are devoted to a forever shifting ratio of endurance, transgression, and laughs, as ways of being in one’s body and the world.

For this project, Meyer has turned the Cow Palace—the site of Warkworth’s Agricultural Fair—into an after-hours sports club for Muscle Panic, a rogue girl’s basketball team in need of a space in which to train, scheme, and otherwise spend time together, often at night. Mismatched banners and pennants hang by rafters nodding to the greater spectacle of gymnasium sports over a handcrafted, 14-foot basketball hoop, in a project that explores how we come together, how we sweat together, and how we build the tender, emotional spaces of sport.

Meyer’s project is part of Sunday Drive presents Warkworth, a three-week exhibition taking place in locations in and around Warkworth, Ontario presented by Sunday Drive Art Projects. For further information on opening events and travel options for the opening weekend visit the website.

Performance: Saturday, August 23rd, 9PM
Artist Talk: Sunday August 24th, 3PM

Hazel Meyer holds an MFA from OCAD University, Toronto, a BFA from Concordia University, Montréal and coaches junior girls basketball at Queen Victoria Public School in Toronto. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.