Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley. Their work spans performance art, film, and curation. The name “Life of a Craphead” comes from the opening joke of the very first live comedy routine they performed together in 2006. They are Chinese and Vietnamese and live and work in Toronto, Canada.
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 at 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.; Wunderbar, U.K.; Struts/Faucet, Canada.
Press / Publications:
- CBC The Sunday Edition “A Colonial Era Statue Hits the Water…” and online “Dumping Statue in the Don River…”
- Canadian Art “Eddie and Me”, “Art in 2017: A View from Toronto”, and “White Supremacists Target Anti-Monument Performance”
- VICE “This Art Comedy Duo Dumped a Controversial Statue in a River”
- Toronto Star “King Edward, down the Don River without a paddle”
- Now Magazine “The 10 Best Art Shows of 2017”
- 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
Life of a Craphead thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council for their support.