A Sneak Peek at Drake Commissary's Opening Exhibition

Posted by Drake Art, May 31, 2017
Alex McLeod, "Ancient Hills" (2017)

Alex McLeod, "Ancient Hills" (2017)

We're pretty excited about the newest addition to our growing family, Drake Commissary. As with every venture we pursure, a highly curated art programme will be a core element featuring rotating exhibitions, events and performances by local and international artists in a range of media, designed to engage guests in a multilayered creative experience.

Our opening exhibition Fast Forward draws inspriation from the Junction Tringle’s industrial roots and creative community looking into the future and the past simultaneously. Check out who the featured artists are and be sure to join us on June 14th from 6-9PM at 128 Sterling Road for our official exhibition opening - artists in attendance.


Alex's 35 ft digital mural extends the length of Drake Commissary, with exquisite detail and created using a variety of 3D modeling software, the piece is a densely detailed fantasy landscape that evolves through urban to rural elements, through night and day.

McLeod’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada, the US, Brazil, Japan and New Zealand. Here in Toronto, his works are held in the collections of TD Bank, Bank of Montreal and Museum of Contemporary Art. He’s been featured in The Creator’s Project, Canadian Art Magazine, Globe and Mail and Kanye West’s blog.

Material Detail: Camille Jodoin-Eng (Image courtesy of the artist)

Material Detail: Camille Jodoin-Eng (Image courtesy of the artist)

CAMILLE JODOIN-ENG - Myth Series, 2017

Camille's site-specific sculptures can be found in the mirrored cabinet, made from industrial and reflective materials to create illusions of impossible dimensions and perspectives.

Jodoin-Eng has exhibited throughout Canada and the United States, completed several commissioned installations and recently had her first solo exhibition at Project Gallery in Toronto.

Fast Forward at Drake Commissary

Adrian Esparza, "Opened" (2017), detail

ADRIAN ESPARZA - Opened, 2017

Mexican-American artist Adrian Esparza has created a site specific textile installation for the back wall, based on the thread of sarapes - traditional Mexican blankets - re-envisioning craft with forced perspective.

Esparza’s work has shown in many important international exhibitions including Istanbul Biennial-Untitled, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA. His work is in the collections of the Perez Miami Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Rubins Center for the Visual Art.

Fast Forward at Drake Commissary

Dahae Song, "Objects of Affection" (2017), table top detail

DAHAE SONG - Objects of Affection, 2017

Dahae’s gestural paintings can be found directly on select table tops throughout the dining room, blurring the lines of traditional exhibition spaces.

Song is a South Korean, Toronto based interdisciplinary artist. Her work is concerned with the digitization of human existence and expresses the intersections and the symbiotic relationship between physical and virtual worlds. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto and NYC and featured in Fader Magazine.

Fast Forward at Drake Commissary

Maxwell N. Burnstein, "Millennial" (2017), series

MAXWELL N. BURNSTEIN - Millennial, 2017

Burnstein’s meticulous collage works blend traditional craft with a digital postmodernism. Installed on the chalkboard, they will bring a vintage piece a futuristic sensibility.

The Toronto-based artist, Maxwell N. Burnstein’s handmade artworks have prompted international artist residencies for W Hotel to the covers of leading publications from Elle Magazine to Harper’s Bazaar and collaborations with Perry Ellis.

Poem Excerpt: Kevin Connolly (Courtesy of House of Anansi Press)

Poem Excerpt: Kevin Connolly (Courtesy of House of Anansi Press)

KEVIN CONNOLLY - Xiphoid Process, SONG (after Walt Whitman), part 52

Teaming up with our Sterling Rd. neighbour House of Anansi Press, we'll feature an excerpt of poet Kevin Connolly's Xiphoid Process on a vintage lightbox in the back lounge.

Connolly, who teaches in the University of Guelph-Humber’s MFA program, has published three books of poetry with Anansi, with another, Xiphoid Process, having just come out in April. He is a Trillium Poetry Prize recipient and has been a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Award. He has served as a poetry board member for past three years with McClelland & Stewart, and was poetry editor at Coach House Books from 2008–2013.

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