exhibitions.

GIRLHOOD

Sarah Sproule

Opening Sep17, 1-8pm

Toronto Sep15 - Oct15 2022

Sarah Sproule is an emerging artist and arts administrator with a BFA in Studio Arts and a BA in Art History from McMaster University. Sarah works primarily in sculpture, printmaking, and the casting and mould-making process. Their work explores the relationship between the abjected body and their experience of fatness, disability, and queerness and the intersections that exist between them.

Image: Triptych ‘Hide & Seek’ mixed materials  on wood

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THE WILD KINDNESS

Solo Exhibition by Drew Simpson

Toronto Aug17 - Sep3 2022 

I wrote a letter to a wildflower
On a classic nitrogen afternoon
Some power that hardly looked like power
Said, I'm perfect in an empty room

Four dogs in the distance
Each stands for a kindness, yeah
Bluebirds lodged in an evergreen altar

 

I'm gonna shine out in the wild kindness
I'm gonna shine out in the wild kindness
I'm gonna shine out in the wild kindness
And hold the world to its word

 

Excerpt from ‘The Wild Kindness’ by Silver Jews 

UNDER THE HAPPENSTANCE BRIDGE

Laurie Skantzos and Ian Leach

Toronto Jul27 - Aug13 2022

As two artists sharing their lives together, Ian and Laurie employ different physical approaches to their work, but share a common exploration of ideas within set parameters.

Ian works with salvaged findings - favouring cardboard, reclaimed wood and rescued house paint. The works are created with no preconceived idea before entering the studio, and have a physicality and immediacy to them. Laurie works with repeated, templated forms, exploring endless colour relationships and textures. Her work has evolved from assemblages created from detritus strewn on the studio floor and mounted on shaped plywood. They have been steadily refined over the past three years and are now painted directly on the wood.  Both artists' work retain an imperfection and rawness that references their beginnings. They offer a gentle invitation to be present with each piece and its surroundings. 

Image: Work by Laurie Skantzos

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APOPHENIA ZEPHYR NO. 8

Joe Becker, John Rogers, Charlie Visconage, Matt Crookshank, Cameron Wylie, Tyler Armstrong, Jonah Strub, John Kissick & James Hiyme Brummett

Toronto Jul6 - Jul23 2022 

Apophenia Zephyr is an ongoing series of group exhibitions by The Drey set on exploring the aesthetic whiffs that emanate from mistakenly meaningful connections between unrelated things.

Image: John Rogers

A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Solo exhibition by Cameron Wylie

Toronto Jun15 - Jul2 2022

Each seat at the kitchen table is an invitation. An empty chair calls for us to settle in and enjoy a meal. The other vacant seats ask for company, making the kitchen table an inherently communal space. Whether it be sipping a morning coffee, or sitting down for an intricate appetizer, dinner and dessert, a set table beckons us to enjoy one another’s company. Breaking bread together transforms the mundane and repetitive practice of eating into a transcendent ritual. Repeated differently with each dinner, the procession of a meal is spiritual simply through being together. The rites of eating connect us to one another – not by the specific food that is served, but through the conversations between bites, and the love that goes into preparing food for friends and family. The artwork in A Seat at the Table speaks to this sense of intimacy, and evoke the spiritual potentials of convening to eat together. These paintings motion for viewers to pull up a seat at the table, relax, and enjoy one another’s company.

 

Text by Hailey Kobrin

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THE WISDOM OF IMPERFECTION

An Exhibition by Romas Astrauskas

Toronto May25 - Jun11 2022 

I tend to use found materials in my practice, worn and weathered things that visually reveal an obvious temporal history. Often my ensuing decisions and choices are informed or influenced by these arbitrary elements of degradation. My pursuit is to make something elegant, meaningful or poetic out of something that is superficially very crude and simple. To disregard fussiness and achieve results with a minimum display in an effort to frame and highlight the wisdom and truth found in imperfection. 

image: Romas Astrauskas

DOUBLE RAINBOW

Solo exhibition by Michael Stecky

Toronto May04 - May21 2022

The Drey Gallery, Toronto presents a collection of new sculptural works from artist Michael Stecky.

 

Jigsaw puzzles, before completion exist in an abstracted state with an embedded set of rules for transformation into a photographic image. Stecky’s series of sculptural paintings or assemblages explore the idea of an alternative organization of puzzle pieces. The overpainted puzzle images influence the artwork’s organization, acting as a schematic for a new work. The repetition of pattern and colour creates a magnetic energy below the surface. The compositions read at once within the tradition of abstract modernist paintings but also suggest textile works or the modular nature of data streams. The exhibition title, considers the premise of the double rainbow being a rainbow and its shadow self, composed of both intense colour and monochromatic black or dark elements. 

Image: Detail from 'Orange Transient Spike'

mixed media sculpture

Found objects, spray-paint, wood                 

H33cm x W 28cm x D4cm   

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IT'S AN INSIDE JOB

New Work by Michael Nathaniel Green

Toronto Apr13 - Apr30 2022

Much of our existence overwhelms, bewilders, and causes us to function on auto pilot. Whether I want it to be or not the surreal is at the foundation of my work. My first hand experience of psychosis has revealed to me that there is so much more to reality than what we take in from our five senses. This invisible world is something I want to touch in my work and immerse the viewer in. I want to evoke the question, “What exactly is going on here?” like a bewildering still life.  By emphasizing the relationship of the in-between; the objects and their placement unfold a poetic dialogue that points to the invisible. The objects become more of potentialities than solid objects with strong hints of the Ephemeral lingering in the work. These Ephemeral moments in the invisible world point to emotions, fragility, and mental health, all themes I use in my work. 

Image: Detail from 'Invisible Offering' mixed media sculpture

MY WILL IS GOOD

Solo exhibition by John Nobrega

Toronto Mar26 - Apr9 2022

“My Will is Good” an exhibition of new paintings by John Nobrega, takes the form of 12 portraits of Catholic Nuns, each in a state of heightened ecstatic experience. The individual Nuns, depersonalized in their traditional habits become icons of grief, ecstasy, or rage, respectively. The imagery for these portraits is drawn from Nunsploitation films , a genre of primarily European soft-core exploitation films that peaked in the 1970’s.  The plot of these films generally describe  a downward spiral, wherein the Sisters of a convent descend into decadence, madness and violence. Nobrega isolates these profane images, and in painting them in the mode of Classical European Religious Art, restores them to the status of Sacred Iconography.

 

The Drey Toronto, 1229A Woodbine Ave, M4C 4E1, East York

Image: 'Untitled' 9"x12" oil on canvas

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I'M A TERRIBLE PERSON AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT

New Work by Kineko Ivic

Toronto Mar02 - Mar19 2022

Kineko Ivic is a Toronto-based multi disciplinary artist and curator, currently  creating hybrid works that fluctuate between figurative and abstraction. 

 

Ivic’s current exhibition at The Drey titled ‘I’M A TERRIBLE PERSON AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT’ is a series of paintings that depict personages that he refers to as ‘Goblins’ 

Each Goblin carries an emotive text across their torso, usually derived from a pop  culture limerick. 

 

Greener Pastures gallery was the brainchild of Ivic which for over half a decade put on some of Toronto’s most diverse and well received international exhibitions. 

Apart from exhibiting others works across Canada, USA and Europe, Ivic’s art has been featured at Andrew Kreps Gallery NYC, Angell Gallery Toronto, Anne deVillipouix Paris, Gavin Brown’s Passerby NYC and Freight and Volume NYC. 

 

All paintings, oil and acrylic on canvas, 

Hearts

16” x 20"

Oil and acrylic on canvas 

WILDING

Solo exhibition by Melissa Steckbauer

Toronto Feb12 - Feb26 2022

Through her work, the artist, reiki teacher and lifelong student of metaphysics-Melissa Steckbauer seeks to increase possibilities of intimacy and communication by emphasizing the ecstasy of everyday human experience.

Steckbauer was a member of the collaborative artist network ƒƒ, and founding director of the exhibition space, The Wand, she now runs The Sensortorium and lives and works in Berlin. For the last several years – and after a comprehensive focus on painting – she has been developing a body of work on paper, exploring all of the facets and complexities of human sexuality through this medium.

(Refreshments generously provided by our friends at Great Lakes Brewery)

 

The Drey Toronto, 1229A Woodbine Ave, M4C 4E1, East York

Image: 'Untitled' 9 1/2" x 7", acrylic on paper

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SUDDEN DEATH

New Work by Tyler Armstrong

Toronto Jan 15 - Feb 5 2022

Tyler Armstrong is a Canadian artist enveloped in highly expressive figurative and still life acrylic and oil based paintings, collages and drawings. His painting ‘Hypocrite’ was chosen by Spanish publisher, Fulgencio Pimentel, to be featured on the cover of author Ruben Lardin’s latest novel, “La hora atomica” (The Atomic Hour). He has showcased work in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Mississauga, Hamilton and London.

 

Image: 'Birds of a feather' 10" x 8", acrylic on canvas

UNCOMMON DENOMINTATOR

Digital Still Lifes by Matt Crookshank

Toronto/Berlin Dec 4 2021 - Jan8 2022

Matt Crookshank’s new series of large digital Giclee prints address an odd but strangely topical trifecta: Our current pandemic death anxiety, our growing interest in the tradition of ancient wisdom of plants, and the uses of contemporary art. Being Crookshank, however, his approach is appropriately unpredictable. No jewel toned fractal lotuses to be found here, this isn’t psychedelic art from your local headshop. Crookshank reimagines the genre, as he has always exhibited an adventurous and gleeful disregard for convention or restraint, along with a staunch refusal to rest on his laurels. This fearless willingness to blast himself into new territory has birthed a series that is both wildly slapstick and intensely metaphysical. There is humor, horror and food for thought in equal measure.

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DEN OF DAGGERS

Romas Astrauskas, Michael Stecky and Simon Petepiece

Toronto July 24 - Sept 1 2021

While our Toronto storefront gallery gets finalized, The Drey is hosting its second huiskammer exhibition featuring the constructively heavy works of artists Romas Astrauskas, Michael Stecky and Simon Petepiece.

"Found objects, chance creations, ready-mades ( mass-produced items promoted into art objects ) abolish the separation between art and life. The commonplace is miraculous if rightly seen" Charles Simic

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SMEARBALLS: CRYPTODUMPS

New Work by Nick DenBoer

Berlin Jun 19 - July 19 2021

Director and animator, Nick DenBoer is exhibiting a montage of his Cryptodumps at The Drey Berlin's street front video booth.

DenBoer is an internationally recognized artist in the medium of animation with a recent Juno nomination for his work as well as holding tenure as a content creator for Conan O'Brien.

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CANDY JAIL

Hiyme Brummett, Ed DeRyke, Laurie Skantzos and John Kissick.

Toronto Jan 1 - March 1 2021

Pain works on a sliding scale
So does pleasure in a candy jail
True love doesn't come around any more than fate allows on a Monday in Ft. Lauderdale
I came all this way to see your grave
To see your life as written paraphrased
I have tried be it is written in the furnace of affliction
This is what you couldn't face

Life in a candy jail
Peppermint bars
Peanut brittle bunk beds and marshmallow walls
Where the guards are gracious
And the grounds are grand
And the warden keeps the data on your favorite brands

-The Silver Jews

TWENTY ONE IMPROVISED EXTINCTIONS:

Tasman Richardson

Berlin Oct 29 - JAN 1 2021

1200 digital paintings, drawn by the artist, interpreted by gauGAN, the AI app. Each iteration has been an attempt to steer a narrative, not knowing how each step would be interpreted by the AI. I draw, it responds, then I respond with small revisions, always building on the previous result. Each landscape was evolved slowly and then suddenly scrubbed by a cataclysm, wiping the slate to begin a new world. Meanwhile, day and night, meeting and working at my screen, my window started to feel like another screen, under glass. Window browsing virtual and real are more alike now. We cast ourselves into the screens and the screens respond, interpret our wants, and narrow our field of view until our landscape is reduced to a soliloquy to ourselves.

 

1 min 20 sec loop, 1080x1080p, 30 fps, stereo.

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APOPHENIA ZEPHYR

Melissa Steckbauer; Matt Crookshank; Romas Astrauskas; John Kissick; Michael N Green; Ron Loranger; Christopher Lori; Drew Simpson and Casey McGlynn.
Berlin Sept 26 2020

An exploration of the aesthetic whiffs that emanate from mistakenly meaningful connections between unrelated things.

IMMACULATE MISCONCEPTION

Michael Nathaniel Green and James (Hiyme) Brummett with Ulysses Castellanos, Kiniko Ivic, Matt Crookshank, Jubal Brown, Ron Loranger, Christopher Lori, Ed de Ryk, SP38, Casey McGlynne, John Kissick and Romas Astrauskas

Toronto July 18 - Jan 1 2020

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”


― Mark Twain

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UNLIMITED HANGOUT

Ulysses Castellanos, Kiniko Ivic, Matt Crookshank, Jubal Brown, Ron Loranger, Christopher Lori, Ed de Ryk, SP38, Casey McGlynne, John Kissick, Romas Astrauskas and James (Hiyme) Brummett.

Toronto July 24 - SEPT 1 2020

The Drey will distance itself from the current climate of mass manufactured likability and divisional descentism through the creation of a fictitious art collective we’re calling “Unlimited Hangout’

A Limited Hangout is "spy jargon for a favourite and frequently used gimmick of the clandestine professionals. When their veil of secrecy is shredded and they can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public, they resort to admitting—sometimes even volunteering—some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case. The public, however, is usually so intrigued by the new information that it never thinks to pursue the matter further."

TERRITORIAL PISSINGS

Ron Loranger, Pascal Paquette, Romas Astraukas, Istvan Kantor, Mat Brown, Joe Becker, Peter Wilde, Derik Mainella, Matt Bennett, John Kissick, Robert Farmer, Jubal Brown and Tony Toccalino.

Toronto Apr 1 - June 1 2020

Territorial Pissings features the private collection of Gallery Overlord, Drew Simpson.

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DEN OF THE DAMNED

Istvan Kantor (a.k.a. Monty Cantsin)

Toronto Feb 1 - Apr 1 2020

The Drey has the privilege of hosting Monty Cantsin as our 3rd exhibiting solo artist during the Covid 19-84 Plandemic.

Istvan Kantor (a.k.a. Monty Cantsin) is active in the fields of robotics, sound, video, performance and new media. His work has been shown at many prestigious international art events, including Documenta and Ars Electronica.

Infamous for his "blood-x donations" to the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery (Ottawa), AGO (Toronto), and the Ludwig Museum (Koln), just to mention a few, Kantor/Cantsin's criminal records are even longer than his list of awards. The media and critics have described his work as rebellious, anti-authoritarian, and intellectually assaulting, as well as technically innovative and highly experimental.

He has received the Telefilm Award for Best Canadian Video (Images festival, Toronto), the Transmediale 01 award in Berlin Germany, for his new video Broadcast, and the Canadian Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Internationally known as the founder of Neoism, Istvan has lived in Budapest, Paris, Montreal, Portland, New York and since 1991, Toronto Canada.

CLUSTER FCUK

Amanda Reeves, Romas Astrauskas, Andy DeCola, Drew Simpson

Toronto Dec 7 - Jan 15 2020

The Drey is pleased to announce its first salon-style exhibition on display from Feb 1 – April 1 at our new gallery in the Williams Mill.'Cluster Fcuk' features dozens of artworks by Amanda Reeves, Romas Astrauskas, Andy DeCola and Drew Simpson.
The Salon exhibition style was established in 1667, by the French Academie des Beaux-Arts and held in Paris at Louvre. In order to accommodate the vast quantity of work submitted by students of the Academie des Beaux-Arts, artworks were displayed from floor to ceiling with little space separating frames. This style has since been incorporated throughout history in museums and galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario’s display of its European collection.

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STAY POSITIVE

Jubal Brown

Toronto Oct 19 - Dec 1 2019

It has always been my dream to be an iconoclast, but having a good time got in the way. STAY POSITIVE marks my return to art object exhibition after a hiatus of 10+ years. My personal difficulty with the “arts community” split my loyalties between identifying as an artist and being a scumbag outsider, struggling with my place in the community while fomenting a decadent leisure as a rejection of social mores. Seditionary by nature, criminal by necessity, the degenerate lifestyle of a post-postmodern libertine suited me fine, on the wrong side of capitalism I found myself a facilitator of indulgence, most artists need a job. Grinding, chopping, slinging, balling… I enjoyed the spoils of my transgressions, the illumination of my sins was glowing, but rock ‘n’ roll was killing my life. After a series of personal disasters, a brush with death brought me full circle to my present vocation as an addiction and mental health support worker. STAY POSITIVE serves as a milestone of that personal development, my life and work.
The conceptual products in this exhibition are part of the photo series INSPIRATIONAL LINES created with photographer Shawn McPherson. Motivational words and aphorisms are spelled out using white powder. It’s a cheap one-liner. INSPIRATIONAL LINES is informed by the trickle down gangster politics of survival by any means necessary into the milieu of white middle-class art poseur and examines a relationship with substances, choices and consequences, while simply acknowledging a life of excess with dry humour and a positive attitude. It’s ironically appropriate now with the artist and the gallerist both facing serious health issues due to indulgent lifestyles, Brown (multiple organ failure) and his host Simpson (Diabetes) look to the future with naïve optimism and face the ongoing struggle to STAY POSITIVE! Buy art not drugs

POTLUCK DYNAMO

studio studies by John Kissick

Toronto July 18 2019 - Jan 1 2020

Trained as a painter and writer, John Kissick has held numerous academic posts, including Chair of Critical Studies at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts, Dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design from 2000 to 2003, and for the last nine years, Director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. Kissick’s exhibition record includes numerous solo exhibitions in Canada, the USA and Germany, and his work has been included in a number of important survey exhibitions and public collections. A mid-career survey entitled John Kissick: A Nervous Decade, curated by Crystal Mowry, toured Canada from 2010 to 2012 and was accompanied by a major publication. Kissick is also the author of Art: Context and Criticism (1992,) was editor of the Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism from 1990 to 1995 and has written numerous catalogue essays and articles for periodicals. Two recent essays: “Elephants in the Room” for Canadian Art Magazine and “Disco and the Death Switch: Tales from Contemporary Abstraction” for Border Crossings were nominated for National Magazine Awards in 2009 and 2010. John Kissick was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts in 2005.

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