MICAH Lexier has been chasing Davids for 20 years but has never had a David day like he had last Saturday.
The Winnipeg-born-and-raised artist behind the popular 1994 Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition A Portrait of David and its decade-later sequel David Then & Now put out a call Friday for subjects of another followup, called David's Double. The new project, scheduled to open in 2015, will pair original Davids and people born on the same day to compare how they age differently.
Lexier, who now lives in Toronto, was home on the weekend and was meeting with one of those originals, David Fasano, and hoped to find someone who shared his 54th birthday with him on Saturday. A story about David's Double in the Free Press Saturday brought out a deluge of Davids.
"It was the all-time best David response we ever got," says Lexier. "Many of the original Davids that we could not find, found us."
There were 12 missing Davids who contacted Lexier and Mary Reid, who is producing David's Double as well as teaching it as part of an art course at the University of Manitoba. And another three birthday doubles came forward.
"I am sure there will be more by today," says Reid.
There were 75 Davids, ages one to 75, in '94's A Portrait of David and 60 are alive today. Lexier and Reid are now in contact with 38.
The pair had hoped they would hear from a Fasano double so the two could be photographed together Saturday afternoon as the first of David's Double. The initial double called while they were driving to the shoot conducted by Winnipeg photographer Sheila Spence.
"That was a very exciting moment for us," Lexier said. "She was not able to come to the photo shoot that day as she was at her cabin enjoying her birthday. But we are excited to have found her and will bring her in for the big photo shoot next year."
Lexier had to make do Saturday with a personal photograph with Fasano, an old friend he hadn't seen in 20 years. That photo convinced him that the pairs had to shot together, not separately. "It not only makes a better photograph, but the whole point is for the Davids to meet their doubles and see how different they look," says Lexier, who was student council vice-president at Grant Park High School when Fasano was president.
To find out whether you can be a David double, check out the birthdates required at www.davidsdouble.com.