In 2010, MKG127 began a series of artist-curated summer shows with A-B by Micah Lexier. Group exhibitions by Hugh Scott-Douglas, Germaine Koh and Dean Baldwin followed. This Saturday a show that I organized opens from 2 to 5 pm.
DIY collects the work of nine artists and two collectives whose work refers to, or employs the spirit of "do-it-yourself”. The exhibition includes both new and existing works by Dean Baldwin (Montreal), Bill Burns (Toronto), Instant Coffee (Vancouver), Liam Crockard (Toronto), Michael Dumontier (Winnipeg) , Daniel Eatock (London, UK), Juliane Foronda (Toronto), Kristiina Lahde (Toronto), Roula Partheniou (Toronto), Joe Scanlan (New York City) and VSVSVS (Toronto).
"In Britain, the term DIY is synonymous with home repair. Elsewhere it carries more go-it-alone connotations. The term is over a hundred years old, came into common usage in the 1950s, and defined a subculture twenty years later. Today it’s ubiquitous as both an ethos and a marketing brand, from Ikea to Etsy to Martha Stewart-style Pinterest pages. DIY features fetishized tools of the trade, as well as examples of do-it-yourself projects: from makeshift speakers and skateparks to some-assembly-required coffee, prisons and funerals."
- press release
The exhibition continues until August 20, at MKG127, which 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
(image: Joe Scanlan)