Ken Nicol, small box that tics, steel, 5 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm, 2007
MKG127 is very pleased to present Toolkit,
guest-curated by Germaine Koh, the fiftieth exhibition presented
at MKG127 and the first at the new location at 1445 Dundas St.W.
August 9 - September 8, 2012
Toolkit is an exhibition of human-scaled objects that give pause for thought. Made by practitioners of critical design, contemporary art and social action, and existing in the realm of furniture, products and utensils, these are implements — some speculative, some fully operational — that disrupt habitual actions and interactions, and allow us to consider alternatives. Aligning with an idea that change in the world might best be wrought by tools that alter thinking, some of these objects partake of the tendency to make objects increasingly smart, while others are resolutely dumb, reflecting back the interactions that shape the world around them.
Toolkit includes works by Montreal based artists Sonny Assu and Daniel Olson, Berlin based artist Michel de Broin, Brooklyn, NY based architect Justin Gologorsky, Vancouver/Toronto based collective Instant Coffee, London, UK based designer Onkar Singh Kular, Victoria based artist Chris Lindsay, Vancouver based artist Heidi Nagtegaal, Toronto based artist Ken Nicol and DE/UK based artist Sascha Pohflepp.
MKG127's new location also features a 15 foot lightbox at the front of the building. The first project for this light box is Images by Geoffrey Pugen.
Toolkit Curator Statement & Artist Bios (PDF)
"Toolkit at MKG127" - Akimblog, September 3, 2012
"Toolkit: Machines for Reflection" - Canadian Art Online, September 6, 2012
MKG127 is located in Toronto at 1445 Dundas St. West between Dufferin St. and Gladstone Ave. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 6 PM or by appointment. For more information call 647-435-7682.