January 22 – March 29, 2015 
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip

WINTER OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 6 – 9 PM 

Click here for the digital exhibition publication featuring an essay by Sarah Robayo Sheridan 

Toronto artist Kristiina Lahde alters and re-formats ordinary objects and materials through a process of geometric re-organization in which measurement and pattern play a significant role. Finding the overlooked potential of envelopes, newspapers, telephone books and measuring tapes, Lahde manipulates and de-familiarizes them in ways that shift, expand, invert, or otherwise transform their internal logic. Recently, she has been systematically re-formatting measuring tools, cutting and reconfiguring measuring tapes and rulers using precise measurements, geometric shapes and patterns.

For ULTRA-PARALLEL, her solo exhibition at the Koffler Gallery, Lahde expands her work to a large scale and into the use of three-dimensional space. The new body of work engages with the architecture of the site, investigating tension, gravity, angles, parallel lines and crossing perspectives.

Working with primary geometric forms – square, circle, triangle, cube, sphere, pyramid – Lahde reimagines elementary shapes and objects that attempt to mediate our relationship with and understanding of the physical world, serving as tools for empirical exploration. However, by highlighting the process of their making and subjecting them to unusual situations, Lahde’s works reveal both the structure and collapse of their functionality. Succumbing to gravity, her playfully compromised objects create new tensions within the architectural space.

Exhibition generously supported by:




From Toronto, Kristiina Lahde received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1999. She was nominated for a Sobey Art Award in 2013, and has been featured on the covers of  ARC POETRY MAGAZINE (winter 2014) and C Magazine (Spring 2013)Lahde’s work is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

Kristiina Lahde is represented by MKG127, Toronto.


Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, February 1, 2015 | Noon – 5 PM | FREE
Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
The tour starts at the Koffler Gallery at 12 PM and then departs for Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Doris McCarthy Gallery. To make a reservation, contact Suzanne Carte at 416.736.2100 ext 44021 or scarte@yorku.ca.

A Rigorous Method 
Sunday, February 22, 2015 | 2 PM | FREE
Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
In an informal afternoon conversation, artists Kristiina Lahde and Howard Podeswa are joined by Dr. John Mighton (mathematician, author, playwright and founder of Jump Math) to discuss the precise methods involved in their creative process and the role mathematics play in their artistic production as a tool for distilling the physical into art.