MKG127 is very pleased to present Bear Minimum
August 2 - 30, 2008
an exhibition of new work by Toronto artist Dean Drever.
In Bear Minimum, Dean Drever continues his examination of power and violence. Whereas previous work has examined power and violence within the military and criminal subcultures, Bear Minimum examines these concepts in nature.
The focus of this exhibition is the Kodiak which along with the polar bear is one of the largest members of the bear family. Bears have no natural predators, reinforcing concepts of supremacy and the constitution of power.
Drever is a member of the Haida Nation and Haida culture acknowledges the bear as an embodiment of a supreme being having both extraordinary physical and supernatural powers.
Bear Minimum presents the Bear, life sized and hand carved.
Originally from Alberta, Dean Drever currently lives and works in Toronto and has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows across Canada and Internationally including the Edmonton Art Gallery, White Columns in New York City, Cooper Gallery in Dundee, Scotland, the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Saskatchewan and Douglas Udell Gallery in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Bear Minimum Reviews
"Much more than bear minimum" - by Gary Michael Dault, Globe & Mail, Saturday Aug.16, 2008 (PDF file)
"Bear Minimum" - by David Balzer, Eye Weekly, August 13, 2008 (PDF file)
MKG127 is located in Toronto at 1445 Dundas St. West between Dufferin St. and Gladstone Ave.
Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 6 PM or by appointment.
For more information call 647-435-7682.