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PRISMATIC

Sept. 7, 2016 - Nov. 22, 2016

Inspired by the Drake Hotel’s September 2016 LA Takeover, ‘Prismatic’ celebrates female artists who boldly and playfully explore colour, space, material, and light.


LOBBY: JENNY SHARAF

Jenny Sharaf is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. Her paintings, installations, videos, and happenings celebrate process while reflecting on art history, feminism, and abstraction. Sharaf is strongly influenced by the Hollywood vernacular, in part because of her family's legacy in the film and television business and growing up in Los Angeles. The mythology of the California girl leads the way to tell a complex and fragmented narrative of art-making in the 21st century.

Sharaf also has a strong curatorial practice, focusing around community engagement and promoting the arts in San Francisco. Last year, Jenny founded The Lab's 24-Hour Telethon, raising funds to save the avant-garde art program in the Mission. Most recently, she developed an exhibition for Creativity Explored that explores abstraction and collaboration. She is the founder and director of Parking Lot Art Fair, San Francisco's rogue art happening and continues to produce art events in the Bay Area and beyond.

Jenny Sharaf
Playboy Gaze, 2016
Digital collage
60 x 266 inches

Jenny Sharaf
Militant Feminist. 2016
Agency Now, 2016
Digital collage
120 x 106 inches

jennysharaf.com
@jennysharaf

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FRONT VESTIBULE: TAU LEWIS

Tau Lewis is a self-taught sculptor and mixed media artist. Lewis’s sculptures are infused with byproducts (recycled material, personal items/ likeness) to construct a political image. Lewis’s work is heavily constructed from resins, plaster, concrete and natural fibres, creating life-life sculptures that explore the physical boundaries between artificial and natural objects. Her work is bodily and organic, with an explicit strangeness and subtle morbidity. Thematically, Lewis's work carries strong feminist themes, it explores black beauty and identity politics, the appropriation of urban bodies and landscapes, and African diaspora. Lewis, a Jamaican-Canadian artist, currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

About the Installation:
Tau Lewis’s ‘Gentrifying Species’ installation portrays our rapidly gentrifying landscape, in a domestic tone. Lewis uses four species of cacti, sculpted in manmade mediums, to explore the human process of improving and appropriating natural environments. The sculptures are mounted on cinderblocks taken from construction sites around Toronto. Lewis uses cacti, a largely domesticated houseplant with tropical origins, to demonstrate our fragmented use of nature, as a luxury. The plant sculptures act as symbols of our efforts (as humans) to continuously improve our surroundings to fit the modern standard of beauty. In the context of urban living, this results in our own displacement within nature, or a self imposed dissociation. So in that respect, the title ‘Gentrifying Species’ may describe us as humans.

Tau Lewis
Untitled Plant, 2016
Ployurethane resin, cinderblock, concrete, cactus spines, chalk pastel
20"x4"x4"

Untitled Plant, 2016
polyurethane resin, concrete, cactus spines, chalk pastel
6"x3"x3"

Untitled Plant, 2016
polyurethane resin, concrete, cactus spines, chalk pastel
6"x3"x3"

Untitled Plant, 2016
polyurethane resin, concrete, cactus spines, chalk pastel
6"x3"x3"

Untitled Plant, 2016
Concrete, gypsum cement, acrylic paint, cactus spines, oil pastel
6"x3"x3"

Untitled Plant, 2016
Gypsum cement, concrete, acrylic paint, cactus spines.
48"x4"x4"

taulewis.com
@taulewis

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CAFE: LEA MARCACCINI

Making Art & Breaking Hearts is an intergalactic art & design initiative curated and created by Lea Marcaccini. Lea was born and raised in a nature reserve on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, where she has been surrounded by an abundance of Mexican culture; including exotic nature, vivid colours, Mayan engravings, Huichol art and bright, intricate traditional textiles.

Lea is also inspired by traditional indigenous and shamanic practices, exploring themes of further dimensions, spiritual existence, extra terrestrial life, and consciousness, as well as psychedelic forms and colours. From this, Making Art & Breaking Hearts has been created to express these philosophies and ideas in a fun-loving manner, playing with various methods including drawing, collage, and photography.

Lea has exhibited her work in various shows in London & Los Angeles and has been featured in British Vogue, Based Istanbul & Ingenue Magazine.

Making Art & Breaking Hearts by Lea Marcaccini
Earth, Water, Air + Fire Kaleidoscope, 2016
Digital print of hand drawn pattern
68” x 60”

Making Art & Breaking Hearts by Lea Marcaccini
Psychedelic Flow, 2016
Digital print of hand drawn pattern
63.5” x 60”

makingartandbreakinghearts.com
@makingartandbreakinghearts

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TOP OF STAIRS: LAZY MOM

Lazy Mom, the brainchild of duo Phyllis Ma and Josie Keefe, are back at it again with their seconding installation with the Drake Hotel. Using playful compositions, highly saturated colours and contrasting imagery the unexpected results are always intriguing. Their staged photographs often toe the line between the beautiful and the grotesque, challenging notions of aesthetic compositions and the response of the human eye.

LAZY MOM
Roses Spill, 2016
Photograph on foam core
40 x 50 inches

lazymomnyc.com
@lazymomnyc