Measuring Device (1986)

Measuring Device
Studio view: Measuring Device, 1988. Photo: the Artist.

General Description

A square measuring device resembling a yellow tape measure is woven with seed beads, waxed linen warp, nylon weft. The artist’s name and date of completion is woven into the piece.

Dimensions: 153 x 153 centimeters.

Collection of the Art Bank.


Measuring Device is a part of the artist’s first solo exhibition at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, and titled Means of Measurement.

The press release for this exhibition reads as follows:

Means of Measurement is a sculptural and photographic installation concerned with the division and definition of bodies, exemplified by earth, human form and space. These works are inspired by historically conventional representations and a desire to vary these perceptions. The photographic work is a reference study which defines the various concerns involved in creating the sculptural pieces; it loosely connects various systems of division defined within the fields of design, fashion, art, architecture, nature and metaphysics. - Lee Dickson, 1987.

The other works in this exhibition were: Mattered World, Photo Research and Unresolved.

Exhibition History

1987 Means of Measurement, (solo) YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, Ontario
1988 Means of Measurement, (solo) Niagara Artists' Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario
1988 Lee Dickson & Robert Cishecki, (duo) Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario
1989 Lee Dickson, (solo) Optica, Montreal, Quebec
1991 Art Bank Exibition, (group) Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ontario


Decalog: YYZ 1979-1989. Toronto: YYZ Books, 1992.
Thériault, Michèle. Perspective 90: Lee Dickson and Douglas Walker. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1990.


Baele, Nancy. "Visual Arts." The Ottawa Citizen Jul 7 1988.
Grenville, Bruce. "Review: Lee Dickson, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto." Parachute 47 [Montreal] 1987: 41-42.
Parrallelograme [Toronto] Dec-Jan 1987: 93, photo.
Skene, Cameron. "The Measure of All Things." Montreal Mirror Jan 27 1989: 16.
Thériault, Michèle. "Perspective 90: Lee Dickson and Douglas Walker." AGO News 12.7. Jul/Aug 1990: photo.


The Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Measuring Device, detail
Detail: Measuring Device. Photo: the Artist.