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.
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!