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laura kikauka carl hamfelt mkg127

MKG127 is pleased to present What Box ?, an exhibition of
new work by Laura Kikauka with Carl Hamfelt and in
MKG127's front space, vast, constant, irreversible by Sylvia Matas.

Opening Saturday, October 18, from 2 - 5 PM.

What Box ? is Laura Kikauka's third solo exhibition at MKG127. The exhibition contains a series of dioramas and a video installation created in collaboration with designer and software developer, Carl Hamfelt. The work in the exhibtion was created at Kikauka's Funny Farm, a living installation located near Meaford in rural Ontario. The dioramas are sculptural collages created from Kikauka's collections of ephemera gathered locally as well as during her years based in Berlin.

Laura Kikauka's body of work over the past twenty-five years encompasses various mediums including site specific installation, mixed media, electronic sculpture, drawing, photography, video, performance, music, text and costume creations. Kikauka's installations establish a highly specific visual (and often audio) language that blends the increasingly overlapping worlds of high and low art forms. In general Laura's ‘excessive aesthetic' is comparable to urban archeology and addresses issues of consumer culture, and the question of good and bad taste. It also celebrates failure in a humourous and ironic manner.
Kikauka's work is inspired and derived from decades of on-going collecting of found objects. Employing the formal strategy of meticulously sorting and organizing these objects, as well as modifying or transforming them, she then creates specifically themed and coded installations that transform gallery and exhibition spaces into densely packed, highly detailed installations.
Laura's categorization speaks of similarities and differences. The Funny Farm studios in rural Meaford and former ones in Berlin & NY are living and working spaces treated as on-going installations that exemplify, through a density of detail her interest in low class consumer culture. It is with a sense of sarcasm and empathy that she explores this reoccurring theme.


sylvia matas mkg127

In MKG127's front space, Sylvia Matas presents her project, vast, constant, irreversible, a series of twelve pages of embossed text. Each page points to objects, sensations and situations. Like all of these things hovering between appearance and disappearance, the words fade in and out of view while observed.

Sylvia Matas is an interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, Canada. She received a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2003 and an MFA from the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, England in 2008. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Plug In ICA in Winnipeg, AKA Gallery in Saskatoon, Útúrdúr in Reykjavik, and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto.

The exhibitions will continue until November 15.


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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