The Drey is an art lab grounded in Berlin DE and Toronto CA with intermediate international satellite projects running concurrently.
As an active artist run gallery, the focus of The Drey is to encompass itself in innovative exhibitions by diverse international talent in formative and established stages of their careers. As an evolving site specific construct, flexibility has been created to inhabit ambitious projects in various disciplines with an emphasis on recording the meta reflexive redoubling of outsider styled art in the peripheral.
The Drey will foster an intimate and supportive space for artists in all mediums to develop and take risks with their work, and in turn, our planned exhibitions, educational programs, artists’ talks, publications and events (both on and off site) will encourage critical inquiry and conversation in our community.
The Drey Berlin: Pistorusstrasse 100, 103086. Berlin DE ( open Fri & Sat, 1pm - 7pm )
The Drey Toronto: 1229A, Woodbine Ave, M4C 4E1, Toronto CA ( open Wed - Sat, 12pm - 5pm )
DEC 4th - JAN 4th
The Drey gallery is excited to announce its expansion from Berlin to Toronto this December with our kick off exhibition featuring the works of local multi disciplinary artist Matt Crookshank.
Crookshank’s new macabre digital series ‘Uncommon Denominator’ will be housed simultaneously at both Drey locations in an effort to bridge the distances, both physical and metaphysical between On and Off.
Matt Crookshank is a guerrilla ontologist, gonzo alchemist and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Toronto. His practice fearlessly encompasses paint, drawing, performance, design, and Emmy award nominated digital animation and effects. An enfant terrible sprung from the Queen West art scene of the early oughties, Crookshank lives to collaborate, break molds, and take risks, applying a gleefully slapstick contemporary art sensibility to perennial themes such as death, art, love, trauma, and loss. Part Jokester, part shaman, Crookshank intrepidly follows his artistic intuition wherever it may lead, creating wild painted and digital abstracts, ribald performance, fluid drawings and intensely detailed and painterly digital montages. In the past he has worked with General Hardware Contemporary and Georgia Sherman projects in Toronto. Abroad he has shown at Galeria Anomalia in Mexico City and is slated for an upcoming show at the Drey Gallery in Berlin.
Opening reception, Saturday Dec 4th, 1pm - 8pm
( Refreshments generously provided by our friends at Great Lakes Brewery )
The Drey Toronto, 1229A Woodbine Ave, M4C 4E1, East York
The Drey Berlin, Pistorusstrasse 100, 103086. Berlin DE
Image: 'Death' 2021, Digital Print by Matt Crookshank
JULY 24th - SEPT 1st
DEN OF DAGGERS
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
Opening reception, Saturday July 24th, 2pm - 8pm
The Drey, 1229 (1/2) Woodbine Ave, M4C 4E1, East York
Image: Orange Transient Spike by Michael Stecky
JULY 10th - SEPT 1st
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.
Opening reception, Saturday July 10th, 12pm - 5pm
The Drey Berlin: Pistoriusstraße 100, 13086 Berlin.
JUN 19th - JULY 19th
While our storefront gallery gets finalized, The Drey is launching Toronto's only international Huiskammer gallery this summer! Please join us for our inaugural exhibition 'Candy Jail' at our Toronto satellite project space with featured artists:
Hiyme Brummett, Ed DeRyke, Laurie Skantzos and John Kissick.
Opening reception, Saturday June 19th, 2pm - 8pm
The Drey: 1229 ( 1/2 ) Woodbine Ave.
JAN 1st - MARCH 1st 2021
Twenty one Improvised Extinctions:
Tasman Richardson @ The Drey Berlin
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.
OCT 29th - JAN 1st 2021
Our sister gallery-The Drey Berlin, kicks off its Deutschland expansion with an exploration of the aesthetic whiffs that emanate from mistakenly meaningful connections between unrelated things.
Vernissage: Thursday October 29th, 5pm to 10pm.
This salon style grouping will feature artworks by: Melissa Steckbauer; Matt Crookshank; Romas Astrauskas; John Kissick; Michael N Green; Ron Loranger; Christopher Lori; Drew Simpson and Casey McGlynn.
The Drey's sister gallery is located at the Weissensee Studio, Pistoriusstraße 100, 13086 Berlin.
Promo image by Casey McGlynn, 'Motorcycle Momma' 2018, acrylic, India ink, oil pastel
Sept 26th, 2020
It's our first birthday and to celebrate we're having an official baby shower to welcome our newest foreign bundle of joy, The Drey Berlin @ Weißenssee Studio.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
― Mark Twain
Vernissage: Saturday Sept 26th, 12 to 6
New works being exhibited by Michael Nathaniel Green and James (Hiyme) Brummett.
Also in attendance :
Ulysses Castellanos, Kiniko Ivic, Matt Crookshank, Jubal Brown, Ron Loranger, Christopher Lori, Ed de Ryk, SP38, Casey McGlynne, John Kissick and Romas Astrauskas
Promotional image: Matt Crookshank 'Illuminated Caveman' (detail)
July 18 - Jan 1, 2020
In an attempt to atone for the contemporary trend of curatorial malpractice, The Drey will distance itself from the current climate of mass manufactured likabilty 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."
Vernissage: Saturday July 18th, 12 to 6
Exhibition runs into the dystopian year 2021
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.
Promotional image: Ulysses Castellanos, detail of "Royal Family' Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects.
June 24 - July 16, 2020
Reception : Saturday, July 4th, 3 - 9pm
Exhibition Dates: June 24th- July 16th, 2020
Location: The Drey, 515 Main St, Unit M2, Glen Williams
Territorial Pissings features the private collection of Gallery Overlord, Drew Simpson. Artists include: 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.
APR 1 - JUNE 1, 2020
DEN OF THE DAMNED
Deception Reception : Saturday, May 2nd, 3 - 9pm
Exhibition Dates: April 1st - June 1st, 2020
Location: The Drey, 515 Main St, Unit M2, Glen Williams
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.
FEB 1 - APR 1, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7th, 12 - 6pm
Exhibition Dates: February 1st - April 1st, 2020
Location: The Drey, 515 Main St, Unit M2, Glen Williams
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.
DEC 7 - JAN 15, 2020
STAY POSITIVEA preview of new work by Jubal BrownThe Drey515 Main Street, Unit M2, Glen Williams ONL7G 3S9Opening reception, Saturday December 7th, noon till 6pmExhibition runs December 7th to January 15th 2020 Jubal Brown STAY POSITIVE – Artist statement 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
OCT 19 - DEC 1, 2019
'Potluck Dynamo' studio studies byJohn Kissick.
Opening reception, Saturday October 16th, noon till 6pmExhibition runs October 16th to December 1, 2019 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.