Over the past 15 years, Chris Lloyd has developed a body of work exploring Canadian identity, including the national obsession with hockey. As the Everyday Goalie, Lloyd dons an old-fashioned Team Canada jersey and classic street-hockey gear, making save after save against unseen adversaries in emblematic Canadian locations. With these futile sporting gestures, what is he attempting to save: mythic Canadian landscapes, national landmarks, a collective ideal or his long-suffering art career?
The Everyday Goalie performances are also featured in videos that document with humour the failure derived from the literal juxtaposition of iconic hockey imagery and the vast Canadian wilderness.
Chris Lloyd graduated from NSCAD in 1999. Since 2001 he has been writing daily email to the Prime Minister of Canada while trying to become the official PM portrait painter. Performances of The Everyday Goalie began in 2012 with an objective of three documented performances in each Canadian province and territory. Since 2012 he has held the presidency to the Conservative Party Electoral Riding Association in Papineau and he plans to face off against Justin Trudeau in the 2015 federal election. He still emails the Prime Minister, but now also sends Tweets, most often from the nearest Tim Hortons.