Secret Stash: Accumulation, Hoarding & Love of Stuff

Secret Stash: Accumulation, Hoarding and the Love of Stuff
Curated by Kirsty Robertson
February 28 to April 6, 2013
opening reception: Thursday February 28 at 8:00 P.M. 

There is no doubt that North Americans consume at breathtaking rates, often amassing mountains of goods that produce contradictory feelings of guilt, comfort and greed. Secret Stash looks at this drive to collect and hoard, and our deeply conflicted relationship to such accumulation. Exhibiting artists Germaine Koh (Vancouver), Allyson Mitchell (Toronto), Payton Turner (New York) and Kelly Wood (London, Ontario) use photography and installation to examine these phenomena and the related issues of labour, consumerism and memory. 

The project itself spills beyond the gallery. Near the entrance, the trunks of large trees will be transformed by colourful wool cozies created by over 60 Department of Visual Arts students and individuals from the community. A publication designed and illustrated by Shannon Gerard (Toronto) accompanies the exhibition.

To complement Secret Stash, McIntosh presents Pleasure Craft, a video screening curated by Anthea Black, on April 4th. According to Black: “The perverse pleasures and everyday utopianism of the handmade are set in motion on screen in this program of film and video by Canadian and international makers from the 1960s to today”.

Secret Stash is made possible with funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We thank Western University’s Department of Visual Arts for collaborating with us on this project. For more information, contact Natalie Finkelstein, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at

McIntosh Gallery
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON
N6A 3K7