Life of a Craphead with Laura McCoy

Kristin Lim
Oct 4, 2014 9:33PM


Life of a Craphead with Laura McCoy

January 16 – February 28, 2015

Opening Reception: January 15, 2015 7-10pm

Film Screening Schedule TBA


Western Front is pleased to be organizing a solo exhibition with Life of a Craphead–the artistic duo of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley who have been working together since 2006. At the center of this exhibition will be the premiere of the duo’s first feature length film Bugs, a fable about a bug society which expresses satirical ideas about success and political change within a fantasy world. A loose adaptation of Disney’s A Bug’s Life, the film embodies the humorous DIY ethos from which Life of Craphead have always operated. 


For the exhibition, Western Front will be organizing ongoing screenings of Bugs in our Grand Luxe Hall throughout the six-week run of the exhibition. In the gallery, Life of a Craphead have invited fellow Toronto artist and frequent collaborator Laura McCoy to work with them on a new site-specific installation extending outward from the temporal, screen space of their film to toy with notions of hype and publicity that are a part of going to see a movie. Both playful and irreverent, Life of Craphead’s work challenges the codified modes of making performances and exhibitions.


Artist Biographies:

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 Winter 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.


Images Credit:

Life of a Craphead, video still from Bugs, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.


Kristin Lim