Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Waterkeeper Alliance & Art for Water

Steps by Peter Drake, Acrylic on Canvas Panel, 20 x 16 in. 
Courtesy of the Artist and Linda Warren Projects 

The Waterkeeper Alliance & Art for Water

Waterkeeper Alliance is pleased to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act by hosting their first-ever art auction — Art for Water–at the Matthew Marks Gallery on March 5th.  Beginning today, Paddle8 is thrilled to be the exclusive online preview for this important fundraiser.

Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s largest and fastest growing clean water advocacy group.  This auction will raise significant funds that will enable Waterkeeper Alliance to continue to fight in communities across the globe for their right to clean water.  Water is among today’s most pressing issues—security and scarcity, energy and climate change, and the cause and spread of infectious disease. 

Waterkeeper Alliance is on the front lines protecting that resource and unites Waterkeepers who patrol and protect rivers, bays, lakes and streams on six continents—more than 1.6 million miles of waterways—in boats ranging in size from kayaks to research vessels.  Waterkeeper Alliance is the leading voice for the world’s waters with roots dating back to 1966, when a concerned group of commercial and recreation fishermen mobilized to reclaim the Hudson River from polluters.  Their tough, hands on, community oriented brand of environmental activism and miraculous recovery of the Hudson inspired 200 other individuals and organizations to launch Waterkeepers from the Mississippi to the Amazon to the Tigris to the Ganges and across the globe to fight in their communities for the right to have swimmable, drinkable and fishable water.

Art for Water, is led by artist chair, Jeff Koons.  The auction will include an exciting collection of artworks by famous names such as Olafur Eliasson, Alex Katz, Laurie Simmons, and Gregory Crewdson.  Many of the artworks included will display water subjects and motifs relating to the foundations mission.

Leading the auction, we have Lobster Wall Relief, donated by Koons for the Waterkeeper Alliance. Lobster is a hyper-realistic sculpture, mimicking the inflatable floating pool toy and stands at 78 x 48.25 inches.  Much like Koons’ previous ‘inflatable’ sculptures, the piece is constructed completely out of stainless steel with its vibrant red colors and is made with the same playful attitude that is Koons’ signature style. 

For more information on the Waterkeeper Alliance, check out their website.  Be sure to take a look at the rest of the Waterkeeper Preview on Paddle8 today.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

PETER DRAKE in Toy Stories

Toy Stories

January 27 - March 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 6 – 8pm

51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT 06880

Toys – how we relate to them and the memories and connections we make, both positive and negative, have played an immeasurable role in contemporary culture. Toys never completely lose their original purpose, but it is this familiarity of the toy that enlivens and enhances the dialogue between the artist and the viewer.

Works by Morton Bartlett, Nick Cave, Peter Drake, Laurence Hegarty, D. Dominick Lombardi, Takashi Murakami and others.

Peter Drake, Bad Dog, 36 x 38 in.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Peter Drake Artist Interview by Gorky's Granddaughter (part 1 of 2)

Artist Peter Drake interviewed by Gorky's Granddaughter.

Gorky’s Granddaughter is a documentary art project by Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting. http://www.gorkysgranddaughter​.com/

Part 1 of 2 Video interviews done at Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea during the group exhibition Monkey Spoon curated by D. Dominick Lombardi.

Peter Drake Artist Interview by Gorky's Granddaughter (part 2 of 2)

Artist Peter Drake interviewed by Gorky's Granddaughter.

Gorky’s Granddaughter is a documentary art project by Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting. http://www.gorkysgranddaughter​.com/

Part 2 of 2 Video interviews done at Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea during the group exhibition Monkey Spoon curated by D. Dominick Lombardi.

Additional location of this interview is at Mark Mennin's Studio.

Peter Drake (2) at Kim Foster Gallery, June 2011 from Gorky's Granddaughter on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 24, 2011



"With only a few days remaining I want to highlight a few cards each day before the show closes on Saturday at 6pm at Sloan Fine Art." -
Peter Drake

Frienemies by John Nickle - John is the genius behind the animated movie "The Ant Bully" which was produced by Playtone (Tom Hanks). See more of John's work at

Metroprints by Aliene De Souza Howell - Following her research projects & series on the Greensboro Massacre, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the Landless Workers' Movement in Brazil, Aliene says "I'm exploring ideas of social constructs and how we've chosen to define ourselves as humans. I'm using animals in my work to highlight the herd mentality within us and bring an element of humor." See more of Aliene's work at

Watercolor cards by Austin Power - Austin's work is new to me, but not to Beautiful Decay, Daily Brink, Booooooom & See more of Austin's work at

Cards by Yuan Yuan Yang - Born in China, Yuan went to Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Credits collecting art films, horror movies and indie, alternative & electronic music as influences in her art. See more of Yuan's work at

Monday, March 14, 2011


"Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again"
A Show of Small Works on Used MetroCards
Sloan Fine Art
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17th, 5 to 9 pm
Exhibition: March 18 to 26, 2011

Sloan Fine Art is pleased to host "Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again" a very special exhibition of works on used NYC MetroCards with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Transportation Alternatives ( and Alliance for the Arts' NYC ARTS (

In May 2010, Artists Jean-Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan hosted an unusual exhibition in their Brooklyn studio. Open to all artists who wanted to participate, "Single Fare" placed one constraint on the creative process: all work had to be submitted on a used MetroCard. Inspired by the notion that the city's subways and buses allow for a kind of creative interchange unmatched in human history, "Single Fare" sought to create a unique art event where art and artists could come together to form a monumental event made from a tiny, innocuous piece of plastic: The MetroCard! The resulting exhibition featured over 700 works of art -- from artists as far away as New Zealand and as close as the studio next door.

Following the tremendous success of last year's "Single Fare," Roy and Kagan team up with Sloan Fine Art on the Lower East Side for "Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again." The themes of last year's show ran the gamut from moments of high abstraction to delicate portraiture. Three-dimensional works, documentary photography and even a video installation helped to create one of the most cohesively diverse shows in recent memory while playfully challenging artists to show what they can do with seven square inches.

While serving as a democratizing vehicle for artists of all ages and disciplines, the Single Fare exhibition also served as a fantastic platform to introduce beginning collectors to an amazing array of work while inviting the committed collector to connect to artists that might normally fall under their radar. Partnering with Sloan Fine Art represents an exciting step forward for the Single Fare experience, allowing the exhibition to remain true to its roots while benefitting from additional exhibition days and regular gallery hours.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Making a Living as an Artist: With or Without a Gallery" CAA Artspace Panel

Feb 10, 2011

Making a Living as an Artist: With or Without a Gallery
Chair: Sharon Louden, Louden Studio
Sharon Butler, Eastern Connecticut State University
William Carroll, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
Peter Drake, New York Academy of Art
Ed Winkleman, Winkleman Gallery

Great recap from Joy Garnett:
Today’s well attended ARTspace panel, “Making a Living as an Artist: With or Without a Dealer,” was lively and informative as all get-out. Organized and chaired by artist Sharon Louden, it brought to bear the expertise of a number of New York City’s finest art mavens: the artist and writer Sharon Butler, whose well appointed blog Two Coats of Paint will be familiar to many readers here; artist, former gallery director, curator and current Director of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program Bill Carroll; artist, curator and current Dean of The New York Academy of Art Peter Drake; and New York dealer, inveterate blogger and author of How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery Ed Winkleman.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

District & Co. Retrospective Exhibition ~ 5th Anniversary of Gallery

District & Co.
Retrospective Exhibition  ~  5th Anniversary of Gallery 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 · 7 - 11pm 
Galería Nacional de Bellas Artes 
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

"Strength in Numbers" by Peter Drake, 46 x 64", private collection 

*Included in Retrospective, works from solo show Disconnected Gestures, 2006 by Peter Drake.

District & Co. The Gallery se siente orgulloso de haber sido invitados por la Galería Nacional de Bellas Artes, para celebrar nuestro 5to. Aniversario en esta prestigiosa institución. Esta celebración se llevará a cabo con la exhibición de una amplia muestra retrospectiva de las exposiciones que se han realizado en nuestro espacio desde el 2005. La exhibición, titulada VISUAL MANIFESTO, está pautada para el martes 02 de noviembre.

Los esperamos a todos por allá !!!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


On Monday, October 18th, the New York Academy of Art will honor Eric Fischl at its annual Take Home a Nude® art auction & party. 

Hosted by Sotheby's and co-sponsored by Chanel, Baccarat, Sotheby's and XL Insurance, this vital fundraising initiative is one of the most anticipated, well-attended and liveliest art auctions of its kind. We hope you will join event chairs Maureen & Antoine Chiquet and Samantha & Aby Rosen, and committee members Jennifer Connelly & Paul Bettany, Bob Colacello, Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber, at the 19th annual Take Home a Nude®


Peter Drake, Sailorboy, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Thursday, September 30, 2010

BANDITS, PIRATES & OUTLAWS at Lost Coast Culture Machine


Lost Coast Culture Machine
Oct. 1 – Nov. 28, 2010

War Stories, Single channel video by Peter Drake on view.

BANDITS, PIRATES, & OUTLAWS celebrates the mid-term election season & invites us to re-evaluate our icons and our terms.  Who are the bandits?  Who are the outlaws?  Could everyone be a pirate? In a land where torture is justified, theft is O.K., and greed is good, who’s Pretty Boy Floyd? Who’s Timothy Geithner? or John Yoo or Jack Sparrow? Who is Milton Friedman? The artists of BANDITS, PIRATES, & OUTLAWS expose the protagonists of this moment that no artist would dare imagine outside of their American nightmares and dreams.

Peter Drake’s video War Stories exhibits a history of war and conquest starring animated, antique lead soldiers of the conquered and conquerors.  David Fox expresses an activist art of protest and outrage that calls out those responsible. His paintings of both the violators and the abused have recently appeared in Harper’s Magazine. Dumitru Gorzo gives us the historical equivalent of a Romanian Robin Hood: bandit, terrorist, outlaw, and hero, sculpted into a single painting, and Kristian Kozul presents us with two gloriously dark idols, one Captain of Industry, one Anonymous.  James Paulsen contributes silly rabbits, cherry Kool-Aid, and pink zombies alongside some of our nation’s most radical presidents and politicians, while Alison Wong captures some of Mother Nature’s stock villains and anti-heroes in the throes of adorable, romantic love.  Finally, professional corporate-blight avengers Billboard Liberation Front exhibit their manual for billboard improvement alongside some blowups of their best work, past and present.  

30 second clip from War Stories, Combat Alley by Peter Drake.

Opens Oct. 1st 6 to 10pm
Pre-Election Day Party & Film Screening Nov. 5th @ 7:30pm

Lost Coast Culture Machine
190 E Elm Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Phyllis Bramson’s Painters at The Art Center in Highland Park

Phyllis Bramson’s Painters at The Art Center in Highland Park
Robin Dluzen
Whether you like it or not, the Chicago figurative tradition is a context through which the art produced in our city is often viewed. The impact of such groups as the Imagists, and the Hairy Who? is not only what comes to mind of those outside of Chicago, but is an undeniable presence in Chicago’s contemporary art scene; the craft, the wit, the idiosyncrasy, and the fearless appropriation of a particular vernacular are components still active, whether in part or whole, of the art we still see in Chicago. Chicago native and painter Phyllis Bramson’s exhibition at Highland Park Art Center, “Tethered to My World, Contemporary Figure Painting: Location, Chicago,” not only addresses the roots of the figurative Chicago tradition, but documents its proliferation amongst younger generations of the city’s artists as well.
The Art Center in Highland Park | 1957 Sheridan Rd. | Highland Park, IL
September 3–October 1, 2010
Opening Reception: September 11, 2010, 6–9 pm

Peter Drake courtesy of Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tethered to My World - Contemporary Figure Painting

Tethered to My World - Contemporary Figure Painting: Location, Chicago
September 3rd - October 1st, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 11th (6-9pm)

An exhibition organized by Phyllis Bramson, with a focus on contemporary figuration.

Artists in the exhibition: Nicholas Africano, Scott Anderson, Phyllis Bramson, Peter Drake, Julie Farstad, Andreas Fischer, Vernon Fisher, Anne Harris, Ellen Lanyon, Judith Raphael, Adam Scott, David Sharpe, Elizabeth Shreve, Caleb Weintraub, Karl Wirsum and Kevin Wolff.

Each of these artists requires the figure as a reference, to chart or map the human condition, always looking for a personal connection. Often presenting multilayered situations that can induce many narrative interpretations, the work in the exhibition may walk along various lines between heartfelt sentiment, irreverence and satire.

Choosing painters she has followed throughout the years, Bramson's main criterion was that the paintings communicate to the viewer. “There are basic human needs we all experience: the need to be loved, the psychological consequences of being human, and the twists and turns of truth manipulated with duplicitous thinking. The artists included are genuinely intrigued by the changing and challenging peccadilloes of life.”

War Horse by Peter Drake, courtesy of Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago

TAC The Art Center
1957 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035

Thursday, June 10, 2010

First Growth Benefit for First Street Green

First Street Green will work with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to transform the DPR-owned vacant lot at 33 East First Street in Manhattan into a garden and cultural space.  

The lot has been derelict for many years and continues to be a serious health hazard to the neighborhood due to a persistent long-term rat infestation. After demolishing a derelict building that stood on the lot, the City of New York paved over the rubble that fell into the basement, creating harborage for the rats. 

First Street Green needs to raise funds and community support to rid the block of this dangerous problem and to enrich the neighborhood culturally. Their goal is to remove the rubble and create a simple-to-maintain garden and cultural space that will provide a sculpture garden with temporary installations. 

FRIDAY JUNE 25, 2010 
35 East 1st Street (btw. 1st & 2nd Ave.)
Starting at 6pm.

Artworks for sale to benefit First Street Green Community Sculpture Park

For additional information contact Ann Shostrom or Scott Pfaffman at

Peter Drake
Tough Dad
Acrylic on Canvas mounted on Panel
12 x 11 inches

*all proceeds to First Street Green

Remnants ~ Group Show at Fuse Gallery

Group Show curated by Michelle Doll and Lisa Lebofsky
Exhibition: June 23 through July 3, 2010
Opening Reception: Wednesday June 23rd, 7 to 10 pm

Fuse Gallery
93 2nd Avenue
(btw. 5th & 6th St.)

Serenity is found in the wake of destruction, gradual disintegration, natural decay and residual experience.
Through the traces left behind, stories are told and secrets are discovered. They are a reminder of mortality, and yet suggest a life after death. Remnants is an exhibition presenting this aftermath through artistic technique and as subject matter.

Participating Artists:
Katelyn Alain, Carrie-Ann Bracco, Charis Carmichael Braun, Dina Brodsky, Maya Brodsky, Daniel Brusky, Lyndsea Cochrane, Tim Daly, Bonnie DeWitt, Michelle Doll, Peter Drake, Samuel Evensen, Debra Goertz, Kathy Goodell, Jane Hamill, Jim Harris, Paul Hazelton, Catherine Howe, Caitlin Hurd, John Jacobsmeyer, Alan Bur Johnson, Christian Johnson, Michael Kagan, Alex Kanevsky, Karl Koett, Bryan Leboeuf, Lisa Lebofsky, Amy Mahnick, Alyssa Monks, Cory Morgenstein, Tun Myaing, John Nickle, Linnea Paskow, Rafael Perez, Jennifer Presant, Jean Pierre Roy, Kristen Schiele, Charlotte Schulz, Julia Schwadron, Viviane Silvera, Damian Stamer, Melanie Vote, Mitra Walter, and Eric White.

Curated by Michelle Doll and Lisa Lebofsky

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Single Fare by Peter Drake

Opening Reception May 8 4-8
Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 8:00pm



Since its founding in the 17th century, New York City has been one of world’s most prolific producers of global culture and a witness to some of humanity’s most profound events. Art, Music, Finance, Politics and the never-ceasing wave of cultural overlap and transfusion truly make this city a profound experience for anyone passing through its gates. For over 100 years, amidst the chaos, the cacophony, and the change, the city has one constant that has linked its many geographical and cultural extremities… Its Public Transportation.

Join artists Jean-Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan as they celebrate one of the most ubiquitous icons of the NYC landscape, the MetroCard, in “Single Fare”. Open to all artists who want to participate, “Single Fare” places one constraint on the creative process: all work must be submitted on a used MetroCard. Drawings, paintings and tiny sculpture will be on display in one of the greatest combinations of hand-made and found art that New York City has ever witnessed.

New York’s cultural institutions have always succeeded on the strength of their communities and the Art World is no different. While inspired by the notion that the city’s subways and buses allow for a kind a creative interchange unmatched in human history, “Single Fare” seeks to create an art event outside of the Standard Gallery Model where Art and Artists will come together to form a monumental event made from a tiny, innocuous piece of plastic: The MetroCard!

The event will take place on Saturday, May 8th at 4pm until late. The artists’ studio at 224 Grand will be transformed into the “Single Fare” exhibition space through May 12th. Send all MetroCards to 705 Driggs Ave # 3 Brooklyn, NY 11211 or drop them at the “Single Fare” Drop Box at 224 Grand st.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Art Chicago 2010 ~ Linda Warren Gallery

Linda Warren Gallery
Opening Preview: April 29th
April 30th – May 3rd
*Drake video animations will be on view*

Peter Drake, Shell Shock, 2010, 64 x 83", Acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New York Academy of Art - MFA OPEN STUDIOS 4/23/10


The New York Academy of Art invites you to MFA Open Studios

Friday April 23, 2010
5-9 pm

New York Academy of Art
111 Franklin Street, NYC

(between Church & W. Broadway, 1/9 subway - Franklin St. station)


2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition

You Naughty Children...

Opening Reception: Monday, May 10 6 - 8 pm

On view: May 11 - May 23

Gallery Hours: Daily, 1 - 7 pm

For further information
contact Katie Albert / 212.842.5966

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

JUST OFF curated by Peter Drake & Alix Sloan

Please join us at the openings receptions for:

Curated by Peter Drake and Alix Sloan

With works by Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Miriam Berger, Dina Brodsky, Lisa Lebofsky, Amy Mahnick, Roberto Osti, Lauri Panopoulos, Nic Rad, Jean-Pierre Roy, Melanie Vote and Mitra Walter


Ryan Scully
Always Moving

Wednesday, February 24th, 6 to 8 pm

Exhibition runs through March 20, 2010

128 Rivington Street
(corner of Norfolk)
New York, NY 10002
*Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6, and by appointment

Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present Just Off, a group exhibition curated by Peter Drake and Alix Sloan in the front gallery and Always Moving, a solo exhibition by Ryan Scully in the project room.

Peter Drake is an artist and curator living in New York City. Curated exhibitions include Normal at Linda Warren Gallery and The Burbs co-curated with John Nickle at DFN Gallery.

Preview select images from the exhibitions at: and

Looks Good on Paper @ Dfn Gallery's new UES location

Peter Drake, Shell Shock Study, 2010, Acrylic on sanded paper, 22 x 30"

Looks Good On Paper

February 3 - March 6, 2010

Featuring works on paper by:

DFN Gallery
74 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075 | Tel: 212.334.3400 |

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New York Academy of Art Presents Private (dis)play

New York Academy of Art


A gathering of artists' secret drawings, sketchbooks and studio paraphenalia
January 26 – February 28, 2010
Curated by: Jamie Adams and Katharine Kuharic

A WHITE GLOVE NIGHT will be held on Monday March 1 at 6pm where guests will be able to see inside the pages of selected sketchbooks.

To see individual pages from my sketchbooks visit:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

NAU Art Museum exhibit offers art and controversy

NAU exhibit offers art and controversy

Peter Drake
1987 Woodcut, ed. of 40, 72.5" x 37"

Right to Print:Segura Publishing Company
NAU Art Museum
October 20 - December 19, 2009

This exhibition celebrates the achievements of Segura Publishing Company, co-founded by Joseph Segura and Lisa Sette in 1981 in Tempe.

Right to Print: Segura Publishing Company has been organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by SMoCA associate curator, Cassandra Coblentz. The exhibition is sponsored by Eric Jungermann and Family; Alice and David Olsan; and the SMoCA Salon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Night Nurse by Peter Drake, Video Annimation

Night Nurse by Peter Drake
2009, Single Channel Video, 1:28m
edition of 5, 1 AP

Wort Schmertz by Peter Drake, Video Annimation

Wort Schmertz by Peter Drake
2009, Single Channel Video, 2:28m
edition of 5, 1 AP

Street Sweep by Peter Drake, Video Annimation

Street Sweep by Peter Drake
2009, Single Channel Video, 3:28m
edition of 5, 1 AP

Arms and the Man by Peter Drake, Video Annimation

Arms and the Man by Peter Drake
2009, Single Channel Video, 2:02m
edition of 5, 1 AP

Parade by Peter Drake, Video Annimation

Parade by Peter Drake
2009, Single Channel Video, 1:42m
edition of 5, 1 AP

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Parade" New Video by Peter Drake

Gone to the Dogs
Group Show

October 8 – November 7, 2009
Opening Reception Wed. Oct.8 6-8pm

Newest video "Parade" will be shown

Denise Bibro Fine Art
529 West 20th Street, #4W

Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to present "Gone to the Dogs," a canine-themed exhibition showcasing the work of 22 artists and 3 painting pooches, on view October 8 through November 7, 2009.

Curated by Almitra Stanley, Olympia Lambert and Denise Bibro, the exhibition encompasses painting, photography, video, and mixed media sculptural assemblage, featuring works that run the gamut of the conceptual and aesthetic continuum. A celebration of man’s best friend exploring our multi-faceted relationships with the beloved dog, the works are endearing, nostalgic, laugh-out-loud funny, regal, and profoundly beautiful.

A portion of sales proceeds will benefit Animal Haven, a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption. Founded in 1967, they operate a limited admission shelter/adoption center in Manhattan and mobile adoption van. They also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people. Find out more by visiting their website,

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Peter Drake: Memoirs of Suburbia | NUVO Newsweekly

Peter Drake: Memoirs of Suburbia | NUVO Newsweekly

Evan Lurie Gallery

Manhattan-based Peter Drake is a painter who has allowed his father’s lead figure collection to guide him into strange territory. In his blown up reproduction of a toy Algerian soldier in “Fleur-de-Lis" (acrylic on canvas) the soldier’s enlarged face looks sinister; where the eyes should be you see only black pits. The figure’s sharply focused only in places—a depth of field effect—as if you’re looking at a photograph. But the macro lens through which Drake observed this particular lead figure, before he painted it, gave him a clear view without distortion. The blurred effect, imagined and conceived through Drake’s superb technical capacity, heightens the strangeness of the depicted figure. In the background of this lead figure are two competing images: one the fleur-de-lis emblem, with its representation of the Christian trinity, and the other an arabesque geometrical pattern. Add all this up and you can feel the presence of many competing cultural narratives here, one of which is the evocation of France’s colonial past — which mirrors America’s present.

This first-time retrospective of Drake’s work also features scenes of distress in the midst of suburbia such as “Siege of Syosset” where a tank fires in the middle of a suburban street. Suburbia, at least it seems here, is no safer than the overseas territories where we send our tanks and soldiers.

Also on view is a selection of Drake’s video work rendered with Photoshop and Adobe programs. One video features a parade of toy soldiers marching down a suburban street.Through Oct. 24; 317-844-8400;

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Artists' show spotlights suburbia | | The Indianapolis Star

Artists' show spotlights suburbia

By Julie Cope Saetre / Star correspondent
Posted: September 18, 2009

From "Father Knows Best" to "Mad Men," pop culture and those who follow it have been fascinated with well-groomed suburbia and its residents.

Now, the local art scene offers its own exploration in "Memoirs from Suburbia," premiering Saturday at the Evan Lurie Gallery in Carmel. The five-week-long exhibit features works from four contemporary artists: Americans Peter Drake, Michael Fitts and Tom Haney and Canadian Drew Simpson.

More than 30 works will be showcased -- including paintings big and small (from towering images by Drake to miniatures by Simpson), and intricate hand-crafted mechanical sculptures by Haney. Everything is available for purchase, including a never-before-offered Drake painting, "The Siege of Syosset," which arrived at the Lurie Gallery directly from a show at Islip Art Museum in New York.

Cultural depictions of suburbia have ranged from the white-picket-fence perfection of "Leave it to Beaver" to the dark oppression of modern films such as "American Beauty" and "Revolutionary Road." But the reality of the burbs lies somewhere in between, says Drake, who grew up in the seemingly idyllic suburban setting of Garden City, N.Y., and remains a resident of the Empire State.

"For most people, I think it's a complex place. . . . Now it seems like people are . . . trying to be honest about its strengths and its weaknesses," he says. "There's a certain degree of nostalgia and positive family-oriented imagery, but, at the same time, it's just human nature for it to be more complex and loaded with, in my mind, uncanny imagery."

That's why Drake's work sometimes juxtaposes military icons against sleepy neighborhood settings (the artist's 2005/06 series) or subtle but significant gestures that seem somehow out of place within their otherwise benign backgrounds (the Fifties series).

Drake's latest body of work focuses on lead toy soldiers collected by his father. He used macro photos of the petite playthings to inspire larger-than-life paintings in which the nicks and scratches of time morph into something far beyond child's play.

"If you tell someone that you're working with toy imagery, they have a tendency to assume that it's going to be light and frothy," Drake says. "But what I really love about these toys (is that) when you blow (the images) up . . . you see this beautiful scarring -- strangely, it feels like wounds -- shrapnel wounds or bullet holes."

Among his favorites from the series are "Fleur-de-Lis" and "Drumbeat," both of which are included at the Lurie Gallery show.

"Memoirs from Suburbia" represents the first time Drake's work has been exhibited in Indiana, and one of the few times the artist has shown in the Midwest.

"Peter Drake's an artist I have been a fan of for probably 10 years," says gallery owner Evan Lurie, "and I've not been able to get his work. . . . It's very exciting for me that he is open to expanding and looking into another area . . . I think once you check it out (his work), you just get hooked on it."

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Peter Drake at Sloan Fine Art

“+ 2”
Summer Group Show

Exhibition: June 20 ~ July 18, 2009

128 Rivington Street

Summer Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6, and by appointment.
Closing at 3pm on Thursday, July 2nd and remains closed for the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend.

Location, Subway & Parking:
Located on the NW corner of Rivington and Norfolk Streets.
Closest subway stops are Essex/Delancey on the F, J, M or Z and 2nd Ave on the F or V.
There are two parking lots on the West side of Essex between Houston & Delancey.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"+ 2" at Sloan Fine Art

“+ 2”
Summer Group Show

Exhibition: June 20 ~ July 18,2009
Reception: Saturday, June 20th, 4 to 6pm


Let’s face it. It’s been a tough year so far and we can all use a little levity. So with that in mind, Sloan Fine Art decided to make their summer group show fun – fun for the gallery, their artists and their collectors.

Sloan Fine Art invited two dozen artists who have shown there in group or solo shows and asked each of them to invite 2 of their choice. It could be someone they know or not, someone they owe a favor, someone they’d like to see get a break, someone they’ve always wanted an excuse to meet.

The only rules were it’s got to be work they were personally excited about and all of the work had to be 10” x 10” (small works = smaller prices = that’s where the fun for collectors part comes in).

On Saturday, June 20th, from 4 to 6 pm welcome the summer season with an artist’s reception complete with lemonade, cookies and good vibes all around.

(+ 2 )

Artists include Eric Amouyal, NaNa An, Sarah Bedford, Bengala, Erik Benson, Chris Berens, Jud Bergeron, JOHN BOWMAN, Kris Chatterson, Vince Contarino, Orly Cogan, Dame Darcy, PETER DRAKE, Joel Dugan, Steve Ellis, Evah Fan, Chad Fay, Lori Field, Erik Foss, Lauren Gibbes, Frieda Gossett, Kady Grant, Seonna Hong, Greg Hopkins, Caroline Hwang, Jordin Isip, Jasmine Justice, David Kramer, Tasha Kusama, Michael L. Maes, Julia Marchand, Austin McCormick, Elizabeth McGrath, Adele Mildred, Benjamin Paul Morris, Linsday Mound, JOHN NICKLE, David O'Brien, Saejean Oh, Saelee Oh, Reba Pardieu, Marion Peck, Martha Rich, Jean-Pierre Roy, Rachel Salomon, Kristen Schiele, Brian T. Scott, Ryan Scully, Sueraya Shaheen, Jill Simonsen, Morgan Slade, Sally Sloan, Aaron Smith, Owen Smith, Nathan Spoor, Maki Tamura, The John Floyd, Mark Todd, Sarah Trigg, Hanna von Goeler, Esther Watson, Eric White, Justin White and Brad Woodfin.
Sloan Fine Art
128 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

Summer hours Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6

Friday, June 5, 2009

PARSONS PINK SLIPS @ George Adams Gallery_525 West 26th Street

PARSONS PINK SLIPS @ George Adams Gallery_525 West 26th Street

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Hired, fired, non-rehired and otherwise gainfully employed will be treated equally in a show that features installation, photography, painting, sculpture and new media as a community of artists and educators we choose this moment to stand together in a moment of guarded optimism.

George Adams Gallery
Exhibition June 4 – July 2, 2009
Opening reception Saturday June 6th, 4-6pm

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The New York Times - “spctclr vws”

Like Art? You’ll Love Our Condos

Published: May 8, 2009

AN art show is about to transform the empty spaces of One Brooklyn Bridge Park, and if Mary Mihelic, a real estate agent and artist, has her way, some art lovers — and artworks — will find permanent homes there.

Part of the marketing plan at One Brooklyn Bridge Park is an art show opening on May 15. The show, in the lobby and four vacant apartments, will include paintings by Peter Drake and sculpture by Paige Pedri.

Ms. Mihelic, an agent at Stribling & Associates with a master of fine arts degree from Parsons the New School for Design, is the curator of the art show, cheekily called “spctclr vws.” ...more

The month long exhibition, begins with an opening on Friday, May 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the complex at 360 Furman Street.

“Spctclr vws” will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through June 7.

Source: NY Times 8 May 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

ARTnews May 2009 Review

Soldier Dogs

Lonely Dog, Loyal Dog, Hunting Dog, Curious Dog (clockwise)
16 x 16” each
Acrylic on canvas

58 x 77”
Acrylic on canvas

spctclr vws - Group show Opens May 15

BROOKLYN, NY.- Artists are collaborating, conceptualizing, performing, and much more in spctclr vws, a contemporary show featuring artists and the teachers, friends, students, and colleagues who inspire them.

This month-long exhibition starting May 15 will feature over fifty artists including Peter Drake, Tom Butter, Sara Sense, Stacy Seiler, Mary Mihelic, Joey Hauk Weiss, Natalia Zubko, Owen Mundy, Karen Santry, Janis Salek, Charles Seplowin, Stephen Davis, Frank Detrich, Elisa Jensen, Sandi Slone, Lori Nozick, Tom Lendvai, Luis da Cruz, and Karen McCoy to name a few.

Some highlights of the show include a padded cell, ear trumpets, kabuki theatre, steps to nowhere, a bridge to nowhere, hanging junipers, studio shoes, architectural space interruptions, and personality visualizations.

This is the third time artist/real estate professional Mary Mihelic has been given donated space for artists in New York. This time, Stribling Marketing Associates is working with Mihelic to provide space at One Brooklyn Bridge Park for spctclr vws. In addition to donating the space, Stribling Marketing Associates is giving artists 100% of the sales commission.

The show will be curated by Mihelic who holds an MFA from Parsons and her assistant curator Alma Gharib. Gharib will receive her Masters in Art History from Columbia in May.

Spctclr vws will run from May 15th until June 7th and be open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 pm. It can be seen on weekdays by appointment (call Mary Mihelic at 917-969-0222 to schedule one).

The opening is May 15th from 7 to 10 pm at One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman Street.