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When Sparks Fly

June 19, 2012 - Aug. 28, 2012

Drake’s summer exhibition takes a look at mixed media installations – specifically those made with reflective elements. From shards of mirror, to sequins, to lottery tickets, these works invoke a host of pop-cultural references, telling a story far greater than the sum of their parts.

Montreal’s Randall Anderson experiments with mirrored materials in the vestibule with a site-specific piece and on the road, with a mirrored abstract sculpture travelling to Chicago and back this summer. The American collective Ghost of a Dream makes intricate compositions from discarded scratch and win lottery tickets. Penelope Umbrico’s photos of broken TV’s listed on ebay have a subtle sheen to them, printed on metallic paper, they’re almost unmistakable for screens. UK-based Alicia Paz evokes her Mexican roots with vibrant mixed media works that often include sequins. While, San Francisco’s Matt Momchilov, references a different kind of pageantry with vintage leather jackets, hand studded and adorned with photo realistic illustrations across the back.

Special thanks go to Galerie Dukan Hourdequin, Paris; Galerie Stefan Roepke, Cologne and Brand New Gallery, Milan; Davidson Contemporary, NYC and p|m Gallery, Toronto, for making this exhibition possible.