The Weight of Inheritance

Gallery Hours Wed-Sat, 1pm -5pm
In the spring of 2016, a chance encounter at a house in Toronto’s east end led to Hazel Meyer being gifted a ton of marble that once belonged to artist and filmmaker Joyce Wieland. The marble—unremarkable domestic leftovers from a project never fully completed—had been left behind in the house Wieland lived in until her death in 1998, and was undisturbed for nearly two decades by the house’s next inhabitant, Jane Rowland.

Joyce Wieland’s marble sits as a conceptual base for Hazel Meyer’s The Weight of Inheritance, an exhibition that includes new and recent sculptures and drawings which wrestle with questions of legacy and lineage, of memory and nostalgia, and of how to reconcile and situate oneself in the gaps and overlaps between feminisms.

Presented together, these works serve as a theatrical set for a performance entitled The Marble in the Basement. Though the present pandemic conditions don’t allow for a full presentation of Meyer’s performance project, Meyer uses the exhibition at Western Front as an occasion to develop, rehearse, and think through that performance. In lieu of an audience, the performances will be witnessed by artists Alysha Seriani and S F Ho, who will be working with Meyer to produce film and writing that sit alongside this continually developing body of work.

Exhibition Brochure

Artist Biographies

Hazel Meyer is an artist who works with installation, performance, and text to investigate the relationships between sexuality, feminism, and material culture. Her work aims to recover the queer aesthetics, politics, and bodies often effaced within histories of infrastructure, athletics and illness. Drawing on archival research, she designs immersive installations that bring various troublemakers—lesbians-feminists, gender outlaws, leather-dykes—into a performative space that centres desire, queerness, and sweat. Recent activations of her work have taken place at La Ferme du Buisson (FR) 2019, Glasgow International Art Biennial (SCT) 2018, Art Gallery of Windsor (CA) 2019, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) (QC) 2019, Progress Festival (CA) 2020, and at the Porn Film Festival Berlin (DE) 2019. Hazel presently lives in Vancouver, on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nations with their frequent collaborator and partner Cait McKinney and dog Regie Concordia.

S F Ho is an artist living on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ peoples. They’re into community building, books, and being sort of boring. They recently finished writing a short novella about aliens, love and boundaries called George the Parasite.

Alysha Seriani is an emerging interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of production, education, film, media art and community projects. Her practice revolves around horizontal styles of collaboration and learning and is informed by embodying intersectional feminism, intergenerational learning and queer joy. In 2019, she was a recipient of Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and her first short film SOAK (2014) is distributed by the CFMDC. She developed a youth mentorship program and associate produced THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (2019) and has been a collaborator for many media artworks and films that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries around the world.