Opening: Friday, January 16th, 7-10pm
with screening of Bugs @ 8:30pm
Saturday Screenings: January 17, 24, 31 and February 7 @ 2pm
Western Front Exhibitions and Media Arts co-present Toronto-based artists Life of a Craphead (Amy Lam and Jon McCurley) for a screening and exhibition of their new feature length film Bugs.
A response to Disney movies like A Bug’s Life, the film is a modern-day fable about a bug society that expresses satirical ideas about success and individualism within a fantasy world. Extending outward from the screen space of the film, the installation (made in collaboration with Laura McCoy) moves through the entire building, toying with the notions of hype and publicity that are a part of going to see a movie. Both playful and irreverent, the exhibition embodies the humorous DIY ethos at the heart of Life of a Craphead’s artistic practice.
Life of a Craphead is the performance art group of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley since 2006. L.o.a.Ch live and work in Toronto, Canada. Projects include transporting two prisoners in a cage on the back of a truck, touring a live comedy show, giving away everything on a restaurant’s menu, and building a 3-story maze. They were artists-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the winter of 2013 and produced the Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006-2056, an exhibition of all the work they will ever make. Life of a Craphead have presented work at The Power Plant, Toronto; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands; Department of Safety, Anacortes, US; and the Banff Centre, Banff, as well as at numerous comedy venues and music shows in Canada and the US.
Laura McCoy lives and works in Toronto. Her work spans a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance and has been included in various group shows, including showing work with Soi Fischer (Toronto), The Power Plant (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto), The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) and as part of the monthly performance show, Doored, organized by Life of a Craphead. She has performed at the AGO (Toronto) and enjoyed solo shows at Xpace (Toronto) and ESP (Toronto.) She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCADU. She is the Art Director for the upcoming feature film Bugs, by Life of a Craphead.
Produced with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.