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gwen macgregor mkg127

MKG127 is very pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Gwen MacGregor,
recent print work by Roula Partheniou in the front space
and a new work by Ken Lum in MKG127's lightbox.

Opening Saturday September 13, from 2 - 5 PM.

This exhibition of new work by Gwen MacGregor continues her ongoing exploration of the mundane intricacies of marking time. A new, year long, daily drawing project entitled Any Day Now is comprised of a series of 365 delicate pens drawings that ‘function’ as a kind of failed calendar. Unlike artists’ works that reaffirm their presence through the act of daily mark-making, Any Day Now records the presence of the artist and then denies it, affirms the action and then transforms it to an impotent gesture. Several other new sculptural and video works use experiences gleaned from travel to the UK and India to explore the irony and contradictions of daily routines laid bare through the lens of a traveler. An undercurrent to all the work is MacGregor’s recent academic pursuits as a cultural geographer. Together the exhibition offers a range of evocative and playful works that all keep the process of the artist’s act of making front and centre.

Gwen MacGregor is a Toronto artist working in installation, video, photography and drawing. She has received awards such as the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist of the Year and the Canada Council International Studio in New York. Her work is in a number of collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Oakville Galleries, Artbank, and the Royal Bank Collection. Recent projects include participation in The Santa Fe International New Media Festival and an exhibition at New York City’s Dorsky Gallery and Curatorial Programs.

MacGregor has an Honours BA from York University, a Master’s in Cultural Geography from The University of Toronto and is continuing on to pursue a PhD in Cultural Geography. She recently published the article “The Future of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche” in the journal Art and the Public Sphere published by Intellect Press and has a forthcoming chapter on Nuit Blanche coming out in the book Geographies of Urban Public Art to be published by Ashgate.


roula partheniou mkg127

In keeping with Roula Partheniou's interest in the replica and material play, her series of prints titled Constructions look to the possibilities inherent in printmaking to mimic torn tape, taped corners, masked shapes, layered vellum and stuck paper. The prints appear as impromptu collages, as work in a preparatory state or part way through a process. She employs a strategy familiar to her sculptural practice in her use of reductive allusions to material—inferring tape on paper on paper, layered materials and the shallow space of a collage.

Constructions is a series of screenprints that mimic modest materials that relate to the process of art making and that push and pull between abstract and referential, formal and practical, austere and provisional. At the threshold between abstraction and representation, the compositions can be read as both abstract minimalist compositions but also as still-life representations of paper and tape.

Roula Partheniou received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph in 2001 and currently lives and works in Toronto.Her practice explores how altering or remaking a familiar object can shift our perception and perspective. She has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally, with recent exhibitions at Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga (Canada); The Power Plant in Toronto (Canada); Plug In ICA in Winnipeg (Canada); Museum of Bat Yam (Israel); AHVA Gallery in Vancouver (Canada); Open Studio in Toronto (Canada) and MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts (USA). Her work is held in numerous private collections, in the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives and in the corporate and institutional collections of Munich Re, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank and The University of Toronto. Forthcoming shows include solo exhibitions at Oakville Galleries in Oakville and The Dunlop Gallery in Regina (Canada); The Gallery Hop Art Environment, Koolhaus (Toronto); and group shows at the Canadian Clay and Glass Museum (Waterloo) and at the Jackman Humanities Building, University of Toronto. She is the subject of a feature article in the current issue of Canadian Art Magazine.


ken lum mkg127

Ken Lum's Hashtag is the third project in MKG127's lightbox since the gallery's move to it's current location. With this work, Lum "was interested in the idea of a forbidden hashtag message, what could not be said. I wanted to invite the viewer to speculate what are some things that cannot be said."

Ken Lum is an artist born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He presently resides in Philadelphia where he is a Professor in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Lum has been on the faculty of the University of British Columbia, (Vancouver); Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson) and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, (Paris) among his teaching experience. Lum is co-founder and founding editor of Yishu Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art. He has published extensively incuding giving keynote addresses to the World Museums Conference in Shanghai in 2010, the Sydney Biennale in 2006 and the Universities Art Association of Canada in 1997. In 2008, Lum completed an artist's book project with philosopher Hubert Damisch that was published by Three Star Press of Paris. Lum was project advisor for The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994 (2001). He was co-curator of the 7th Sharjah Biennial (2005), and Shanghai Modern: 1919-1945 (2005). Lum has exhibited widely, including Sao Paulo Bienal (1998), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), Liverpool Biennial (2006), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Gwangju Biennale (2008), Moscow Biennial (2011) and the Whitney Biennial (2014). Lum is also active in public art, realizing permanent works in Vienna, St. Moritz, Edmonton, Vancouver, St Louis, Leiden, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Utrecht.

The exhibitions will continue until October 11.

The lightbox project will remain on view for approximately a year.


MKG127 is located in Toronto at 1445 Dundas St. West between Dufferin St. and Gladstone Ave. on the south side. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 6 PM or by appointment. For more information call 647-435-7682.

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