Sept. 30, 2016 - Sept. 8, 2017
FOMO is the 4th annual exhibition at the Drake’s downtown outpost and with this show we examine a generation of artists who came of age on the cusp of the internet age. Each has a profound connection to materiality, whether it be bending metal, screen printing, or figurative painting, informed by an aesthetic that is deeply rooted in digital culture with its acidic colours, flashing gifs and layered graphics. The resulting installations cast a Tron-like glow to the space, full of moody digitization, pops of electric colour and occasionally a piercing gaze.
The exhibition opens with an installation by Michael Vickers whose vitrine sculpture reads like a library of modernist forms, the grid is periodically interrupted by neon lights that ribbon through the structure, casting an electric glow. Reflecting off the sculptures it calls to mind the late-night cast of an iphone screen.
A fluorescent glow emanates from Beach Party, the mixed media installation by Kristen Schiele. Built around a central triangular motif in acid colours, the piece stretches up and over guests heads creating an almost immersive piece that wraps around those sitting in the space. Comprised of wheat pasted screen prints and photo-based elements collaged directing onto the wall along with hand-painted details, the piece has a textured, low-fi quality.
The Dining Room
A site specific installation by NYC artist Wendy White dominates the dining room with a gradient wall, stretching 35ft that morph from somber pinks into a grey-blue. Contrasting with the digital precision of the gradient, are rough sweeping strokes of black ink that seem to stutter across the wall. On this ground a series of sculptures stand a few inches from the wall, depicting pixelated hearts and emoji- inspired rainbows and clouds as well as “pleasure” emblazoned across the wall.
The Kitchen Pass
You’ll see Jen Mann’s installation across the restaurant - a series of figures cast in the glaring light of a projection or in oversaturated colours, as if seen through an Instagram filter. They may appear to be photos, but are in fact digital prints of the artist’s paintings. Mann takes the tropes of digital imagery and recreates them by hand in a technique reminiscent of Vermeer, complete with a painstaking attention to light.
Over 15 years, Australian artist Shaun Gladwell began making shot self portrait videos of his kickflips and BMX tricks. His most recent works return to this theme with a series of new videos that explore the dance-like elegance of extreme sport, specifically skateboarding and BMX, the artist’s tricks and sometimes falls are slowed to give the works dance-like pace.
With works that span a range of internet and digital influences, FOMO casts a new light on the Drake One Fifty space, one that propels the space past it’s 20th Century roots and into a new era.