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Last Nite

Feb. 14, 2016 - April 20, 2016

Last Nite February 14 – April 20, 2016

The walls, the couch, the kitchen, the floor… Last Nite was (is) wild and weird. Recollections and residues, evocative of late-night, early-noughties lifestyles and hotel parties emerge. Ringing in The Drake Hotel’s twelfth anniversary, this exhibition offers a collection of works that arouse the mind and rock the heart.

In the front vestibule, guests are greeted by the slow convulsive gestures of a tubular AirDancer. It’s hard to tell if this “flyguy”, titled Wish You Were Here, an inflatable sculpture by Jon Sasaki (Toronto), is perpetually trying to gain entry or being shown the exit.

Consuming the main lobby chalkboard, Lili Huston-Herterich’s (Toronto) chalk drawing, Boudoir Still Life, illustrates an interior panorama shortly after, or maybe its midway through, a racy romp. Either way the cat is out of the bag and suggestive symbols appear throughout the scene.

At the rear of the lobby a set of dishevelled love-seat cushions by Jasmine Reimer (Vancouver) hang from the wall. Gouges in the soft foam and fabric have been repaired and accentuated with hard moldable plastic. The titles, Covered Over and Freshness, call to mind stain and odor removal from post-party furniture.

An assembly of wet, flaccid looking ceramics tongues cradle delicate plasticized flowers atop the lobby staircase. sens frags by Jenine Marsh (Toronto) acts as a tantalizing invitation, persuading guests upwards, like flower petals leading a lover up the stairs.

Optically disorienting paintings hang in The Drake Café. A black swath of paint, resembling a warped vinyl record interrupts the floral background in Study for Mirror, Mirror by Daniel Hutchinson (Hamilton). The opposition of the blurred textile motif against the precise dark grooves produces varying surface dimensions and skews focus. Wallis Cheung (Toronto) playfully reveals and conceals the surfaces of Phrase #1 and Phrase #2 (response) through woodcut reduction and paint application. The double vision created hint to a fragmented conversation, or that one you don't remember having.

Clock Tattoo by Micah Lexier (Toronto) is only temporary. This limited edition take-away encourages guests of The Drake Hotel to get matching tattoos without the permanent consequences. The clock face is without hands, requiring the wearer draw in a time, conveniently making the time on your Clock Tattoo correct twice a day. Make Last Nite one to remember!

- Stefan Hancherow and Jennifer Simaitis, co-curators