Dec. 20, 2012 - Sept. 2, 2013
After years spent inside, Drake’s exhibition program has spilled onto the street with site-specific outdoor installations. The first is a billboard, a few steps east of the hotel, at 1140 Queen Street West, by UK artist Mark Titchner who spent a couple 10 weeks with as the artist in residence at the AGO. Built as a traditional billboard, the piece reads Why Not Now, surrounded by an almost Rococo pattern, in keeping with his street side murals seen in London, Berlin and New York. Titchner is represented in London by Vilma Gold.
Right next door is Sara Cwynar’s photo-based diptych. Here, a digital collage of vintage war medals is placed alongside a photo of a sculpture built in the artist’s studio. The two works look almost like crests on the wall, each one is doubled in a mirror image, giving them a Rorschach effect. Cwynar is a New York based artist and designer, she is represented in Toronto by Cooper Cole Gallery.
Step up to the door and be greeted by an installation by American artist Ron English. Best known for detailed works that combine pop culture and art history and mash ups of high and low culture. This trompe l’oeil based works updates a 19th Century figure painting with KISS makeup. This installation is a collaboration with NXNE
These works are seen from the sidewalk day and night, in all seasons. Come by, get inspired.