Feb. 21, 2012 - April 23, 2012
Drake’s winter exhibition looks at artists who move between a street art or graffiti practice to one that is more formal. The show starts at the front door where Mike Parsons’ installation will evolve inside the vestibule. Parsons iconic cityscapes, painted in black ink are a common site along Queen Street, where the artist regularly sets up on the sidewalk. Here at the Drake, audiences will see a different side of Parsons as he paints on the inside windows of the vestibule. The artist will be onsite, developing the piece every Thursday evening through the run of the show.
The lobby presents a series of site-specific works by UK artist Sunil Pawar who became interested in art as a teenager, in part by the rich graffiti scene in London in the 1980's. It was during that time that Pawar began painting and has since developed a rich painterly aesthetic, contrasted by sharp stenciling and text. The back lobby features a painting by Mexican/Canadian artist, Raffael A. Iglesias. Mixing a vibrant palette with an abstract sensibility and mixed media details, his works are at once reminiscent of street art, car detailing and abstract expressionism. Matt W. Moore's crisp canvases in the Lounge continue the abstract theme with a suite of paintings that continue the themes established in his mural work.
Thanks to Peak Gallery for generously supporting this exhibition.