Opening of Shake-n-Make and Kristiina Lahde exhibitions

Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Shake-n-Make, The Hand of Craft, 2017, (detail)
Gallery One
Once More, With Feeling. 

Shake-n-Make specializes in the mash-up of art and craft. Their work revisits home hobby crafts from the 1970s to address issues such as feminism, environmentalism, and self-sufficiency shared in common with our contemporary moment in which farm-to-table and craft brewing have become a part of the cultural zeitgeist. Linked by the use of modular design and labour-intensive production Once More, With Feeling brings together several large sculptural installations, including that use scale, repetition, and a willful sense of playfulness to challenge our assumptions around handicrafts while questioning what is appropriate as an art material.
Shake-n-Make (Claudia B. Manley and Liss Platt) is a queer art collective based in Hamilton. They have exhibited their work at MKG127, Art Gallery of York University, Rodman Hall Art Gallery, The Artists Newsstand, A Handmade Assembly, Hamilton Artists Inc., and been awarded grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Shake-n-Make is represented by MKG127, Toronto.

Kristiina Lahde, From a Straight Line to a Curve, 2014 (detail)
Gallery Two
Kristiina Lahde
Extraordinary Measures

Kristiina Lahde uses elegant conceptual systems to make sculptural constructions, collages, and photographs. In Extraordinary Measures, she turns her attention to tools for measurement by systematically reformatting a series of readymade measuring devices. Vintage yard sticks, cloth measuring tapes, and rulers are diseassembled and reconstructed. In reconfiguring these common measuring devices, she removes their function and suspends the ability to demarcate linear units of measure. By breaking these empirical conventions, the artist invites us to imagine data, space, and distance differently.
Kristiina Lahde is a Toronto-based artist. Recent solo exhibitions include In and Out of Order at OBORO, Out of Line at MKG127, and Unfolding at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. She has also exhibited at the Koffler Gallery, The Power Plant, La Biennale de Montréal, and was long listed for the 2013 Sobey Art Award. Kristiina Lahde is represented by MKG127, Toronto.

The exhibitions run from January 10 to March 2, 2019.

Shake-n-Make, The Hand of Craft, 2017, (detail). Image courtesy of the artists..

Kristiina Lahde, From a Straight Line to a Curve, 2014 (detail). Image courtesy of the artist.