Learning a sport means memorizing a coded language of hand signals made by coaches, teammates, and referees. In “no pressure, no diamonds,” Hazel Meyer creates large-scale window drawings and a banner that explore the diagrammatic relationship between gesture, instruction, and judgment. Using repetitive techniques that replicate the routine, even mundane process of skills acquisition familiar to both athletics and craft, the work considers drawing’s connection to other embodied rituals of practice and competition.
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. Hazel holds an MFA from OCAD University (Toronto), a BFA from Concordia University (Montréal) and her work has been exhibited across Canada and in Europe. In fall 2014 she was the visiting artist at the Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva, Switzerland as well as the inaugural artist-in-residence at Scrap Metal in summer 2015. Hazel Meyer lives and works in Toronto. (hazelmeyer.com)
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 31, 2:00pm
Lecture: Monday, November 2, 7:00pm, University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Lecture Hall (7 Melville Street South, Cambridge)
Image credit: Hazel Meyer. “no pressure, no diamonds” (detail), 2015. Image courtesy of artist.