April 14, 2014
Daisy ( A Hundred Years )

Kestin Cornwall: Daisy [ A Hundred Years ]

I prefer to allow individual interpretation, and not to explain exactly why I created specific work. I like people to see what they want and apply their own ideas, themes and observations.

Recently I’ve been exploring new themes and listening to artists like Wu-Tang, Nas, Jack White, Neil Young and old Blues artists like Chuck Berry. Their music often has underlying themes such as social consciousness and complex politics. This led me to discover contemporary war art. I find war art is incredible, it documents a part of history often forgotten and can convey a message words cannot. WWI started in 1914—a hundred years ago. Many say the war in the East will last one hundred more, we should contemplate the idealistic opinion of peace.

I completed one of my largest works on gallery canvas. I have worked larger but on walls or billboards in the past. Daisy (A Hundred Years), was made using Acrylic paint, inks and paper on 66” X 77 wood panel.

October 16, 2013
Nuit Blanche 2013

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.

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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.

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October 16, 2013
Detroit: An American Autopsy

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I want this book…

October 7, 2013

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?

September 29, 2013
Michael Jackson 1978

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!

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September 29, 2013
Golden Delicious III

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Golden Delicious III opened at Studio Calavera last week, it called for thunderstorms that night. We still had a loyal crowed. Golden Delicious III is a group exhibition I curated, featuring works by Joe Morse, Peter Chan, Theo Gallaro and I. It runs until November 20th.

September 29, 2013

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Nadia and I stumbled across a large mountain of stacked chairs on our way to get drinks and check in on the Banksy piece downtown. I like it.

September 29, 2013
Banksy in Toronto!?

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Originally there was seven Banksy works in Toronto, back in 2010 right in time for the release of his film that premiered January 2010. There were concerns that disclosing the works locations could lead to pieces being stolen or damaged. Most have fallen victim to exactly that, street rivalry, over-tags, and removal. There are just two remaining Banksy works, and the only one still in its intended environment is in the image above, ( On Church Street, in an alley on the west side of the street, just north of The Esplanade).

For those of you who don’t know, Banksy is an anonymous British street artist who has gained enormous respect and popularity for his satirical and provocative epigrams. While in Toronto in 2010, the artist left his mark on several buildings, signs and even a fallen tree while promoting his documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

The second servicing piece is on what was left of a demolished police headquarters, Menkes, which is developing the new condominium at the Habour Plaza, claims to have saved Banksy’s piece strictly for public enjoyment, rather than for aesthetic reasons, although it will be on display in a private space.

Regardless of the intentions of the company (some of Banksy’s work has sold for hundreds of thousands), there is the gray area for street art, who owns it. Banksy painting on specific wall is never a coincidence. He intendeds his work to be viewed by passing pedestrians, rather than to be examined by the elite. According to the street art counter-culture, which Banksy fostered and globally popularized, the illustration, was created for the public, and will always belong to the public! Badass Banksy. 

September 29, 2013
The real Street Artist

This film finds Mr.Nur in South Jakarta painting alongside renowned graffiti writer BNE. Through his global travels, BNE has form a great amount of compassion for those who struggle to find access to life’s basic necessities. Water is paramount. Check out this video of BNE and an Indonesian artist who is homeless. The artwork and ideas are powerful.

July 1, 2013
My Art In The Laneways!?

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If you’re walking the many Toronto laneways, be sure to look out for my artwork! I’ve installed a few works around the city on recycled wood panels. I’ll be installing many more throughout the summer.

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