The Drake Hotel: Qualia
February 8- April 17, 2017
‘Qualia’ considers the internal and subjective components of perception. With a collection of bold and dynamic artworks, the exhibition asks the viewer to participate in the work of art by paying attention to their own aesthetic experience as they view the artworks. To really see, feel, and internalize in an artwork can be a deeply liberating and transformative experience that transcends the body, time, language, and location.
The front window display is lit by the ‘Hourglass’ work of Camille Jodoin-Eng. Created by hand, this work challenges conventional notions of space and time by creating the illusion of ever-expanding space in a confined form.
A combination of gold-leaf canvases and a site-specific mural by Ness Lee greets visitors on the lobby chalkboard. Exuding feelings of love, empowerment, and connection, Lee’s installation reflects an intimate and personal narrative that conveys both a bold and gentle nature.
At the rear of the lobby is a large painting by Tessar Lo entitled ‘how to sirsasana,’. The work depicting the Sirsasana yoga posture in Lo’s unique and playful aesthetic style is a reminder of generational wisdom, balance and the importance of attitude.
A piece from the curator’s private collection by abstract painter Callen Schaub is on display at the top of the lobby staircase. Created on the artist’s signature ‘spin machine’ this work was made in a series that explored the impact of controlled variations in process. In this way, the piece is a testament to the relationship between simplicity, complexity and moments of illumination.
A pair of photographs by Sebastián Benítez, also from private collection, hangs in the café. These minimal still-life photos carry potent symbols of optimism and self-defeating systems, visualizing the forces of duality at play on a regular basis.