MUSCLE PANIC | HAZEL MEYER
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EXHIBITION FORM OCTOBER 4 to 28, 2017
As part of PERF, Muscle Panic is an iterative project that considers the performance of the athletic as it intersects with queerness. Evoking the imagery of momentous sports history, the bodily gestures and actions of a drill or warm-up and the aesthetics of the gymnasium, Muscle Panic instigates an arena of sweat and queer desire. Functioning both as installation and performance environment, Muscle Panic transforms the banal and austere white cube into a hot physically charged site for emotional and physical exchange..
The artist would like thank and acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. Many thanks to Cait McKinney & Sean Procyk, Eli Campanaro, Kate & Jeanne.
Hazel Meyer is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, performance, and textiles to investigate the relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism, and material culture. Her work aims to recover the queer aesthetics, politics, and bodies often effaced within histories of sports and recreation. Drawing on archival research, she designs immersive installations that bring various troublemakers — lesbians-feminists, gender outlaws, leather — dykes into the performative spaces of athletics. Recent exhibitions include Tape Condition: degraded with Cait McKinney at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto, a screening of Muscle Panic at neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst in Berlin and a commission to produce the installation and performance Where Once Stood a Bandstand for Cruising & Shelter for Nuit Blanche Toronto. She holds degrees from OCAD University (Toronto) and Concordia University (Montréal).