Walk down the street to a branch of the Toronto Public Library and immerse yourself in a great novel. Voyage through pages. Wander in a house of shared public knowledge and enjoy some art!?
My exhibition, Can’t Live in Principles, opens at the Toronto Public Library in support of public knowledge, social consciousness and our endangered libraries. Sat Feb 01, 2014 - Fri Feb 28, 2014, Yorkville, 22 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 1L4.
Nuit Blanche was great this year! I found some photos from the night on my phone the other day, decided to post them. It’s great how one of the best art events this city has to offer all year is free and accessible to everyone.
Ai Weiwei’s new Toronto edition of Forever Bicycles using 3,144 interconnected bicycles stacked 100 feet in length and 30 feet high in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square was amazing.
Tadashi Kawamata’s Garden Tower, which was part of Nuit Blanche’s Off to a Flying Start zone was a great project. Working with materials that gesture to Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, the Japanese artist constructed a visually astonishing sculpture that proved to be one of the most talked about at this year’s event.
Banksy posted a video titled Rebel rocket attack to YouTube yesterday. While there is Exit Through The Gift Shop and Banksy has participated in short films about his work, this is the first time where Banksy has posted any video art in conjunction with his street art. (Someone please correct me if I’m mistaken.)
The film features Walt Disney’s character Dumbo, and uses audio footage from what appears to be a real video of a rebel in Syria shooting down a helicopter with a rocket.
That being said, in the past day and half over a million people chuckled while listening to audio of someone being killed. Hopefully, after the majority laughed, everyone paused a moment to think about the stupidity of war. What do you think?
I spent two weeks preparing and working on a commission for singer and songwriter, Danny fernandes , of Michael Jackson dressed in the infamous Mickey Mouse helmet. Random!? It was kind of rad how the idea came about, Dannny and good friend, Tania Z, passed by the studio, he saw my depiction of The Duchess of Cambridge rocking the Mickey Mouse helmet, pointed at his gnarly Mickey Mouse tattoo and asked if I could do MJ in one. Badass.
I was on a very tight time restriction, so I skipped much of the pre-drawing and pencil line work and went straight to inking. Loved how that forced the unrefined image to form. Stoked on knowing the works with a fellow Michael Jackson and Mickey Mouse advocate. Make great art!