Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley since 2006. Their work spans performance art, film, and curation. Performance projects include The Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006-2056 (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2013), an fake career retrospective of all the work they will ever make; Double Double Land Land (Gallery TPW, Toronto, 2009), a play interrupted by a staged wedding; and Free Lunch (2007), a public, anonymously-advertised free lunch serving everything on the menu of a restaurant.
Their first feature film Bugs (72 min., 2016) has screened in Canada and the U.S., including at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; The Western Front, Vancouver; Parsons School for Design, NYC; The Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax; and S1, Portland, among others. Life of a Craphead also run and host the popular performance art show and online broadcast Doored, which has featured work by over 100 artists. Between 2006-09, Life of a Craphead performed frequently on live comedy shows including at Laugh Sabbath (Toronto) and UCB Theatre (L.A. & NYC).
Life of a Craphead have been artists-in-residence at the Macdowell Colony, U.S.; the Banff Centre, Canada; Department of Safety, Anacortes, U.S.; and Wunderbar, U.K.; with upcoming residencies in 2017 at Struts/Faucet in Sackville, NB, Canada. They are the recipients of grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, including a Chalmers Fellowship. Their work has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, and Art in America. They are Chinese and Vietnamese and live and work in Toronto, Canada.
Press / Publications:
- Preview of Bugs U.S. tour on The Creators Project, June 2016
- Feature about Bugs in Canadian Art, Feb. 2016
- Preview of Doored in Art in America, June 2015
- “Experimental Comedy Camp” feature in C Magazine, Spring 2015
- “Comedians and Stoics” feature in Canadian Art, July 2014
- Review of Fifty-Year Retrospective in Canadian Art, April 2013
- Fifty-Year Retrospective in the Globe and Mail, April 2013
- Essay about the Fifty-Year Retrospective by Steve Kado (pdf)
- Free Lunch in Commerce by Artists, ed. Luis Jacob, published by Art Metropole, 2011
- Life of a Craphead interviews Life of a Craphead, Hunter and Cook, 2010
- Interview in This Magazine, August 2009
Thank you to the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.