farm city!

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March 27, 2011
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Nick the Tailor; ‘love’; Nanook; Gaia; city-heart.

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flow.

March 24, 2011
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Herbert Baglione. Graffiti Writer. Artist. Brazil.




Baglione makes cool art. A lot of the stuff I’ve seen by him is on paper, but these are some of his works on walls and in public. The graffiti-debates continue in Toronto these days, spurred on by a suburban Mayor who is out of touch with the urban core of the City. It’s making me excited for spring & the new work going up.


lend a helping hand.

March 20, 2011
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overunder + No Touching Ground. Graffiti. Wall Art. Wheat Paste. Brooklyn, USA.





An interesting wheatpaste / paint mural combo. Playing on the notion of paper as an ephemeral medium (when pasted out-of-doors, especially). Over time, the piece will disintegrate but also introduce a new mural.
I like this idea. From overunder, who also seems to be responsible for my favourite blog / project idea of recent times – blogcabinbrooklyn.


considering the gravity of stuff.

March 14, 2011
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escif. Graffiti. Street Art. Murals. Valencia, Spain.

brick / break

considerar la gravedad del asunto

Biologia Aplicada 01

Nice time for a revolution?

...insiders!

escif is prolific as fuck. check out hundreds of large-scale pieces here. I’m really into the style and the subject matter – a mix of natural motifs, portraits and architectural elements.


March 9, 2011
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Paul Gustave Doré. Artist. Engraver. Printmaker. Illustrator. French. 1832-1883.

I found out about Doré at a recent trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario. There, currently, an exhibit featuring a lot of work by David Blackwood – one of my favourite Canadian artists/printmakers is on display. Blackwood lists Doré as one of his influences. It’s easy to see why – the maritime motifs, dark, haunted matter, insane details.

Back in the day when most published novels were complete with beautiful woodcut engravings or finely detailed illustrations, Doré was a famous name. He illustrated scores of novels in the mid-1800s for Lord Byron, Cervantes, Poe & Milton. The top three images shown are from Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, one each from The Divine Comedy and Little Red Riding Hood. His portrait appears last – ain’t he handsome?


long art.

March 8, 2011
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Aaron De La Cruz. Street Art / Graffiti / Murals.

Art. On Walls. And On Bikes. Rad.

More here.


sundaymix.

March 6, 2011
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From Top: Bill Murray; Michael Winter; Toronto Streetscene; Summer Haze; Maritime Crest.


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transit city!

March 6, 2011
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Transit City: Streetcar Graffiti Art Show. Toronto. Proper Reserve (498 Queen St. W).

About 40 Toronto graffiti writers and street artists were given a paper TTC streetcar to use as a canvas – kind of an exercise in meta-graf.
The streetcar is one of my favourite things about Toronto; the aesthetics and the principles.
That said, I often find myself wishing for the days of the old city: when NewYorkCity Transit Authority vehicles actually served as a canvas for an emerging movement of spraycan art.
I don’t think the TTC had the same sort of thing going on, even in the ’70s & 80s, but I’d like to see more of this city painted, stickered, stenciled.

*** If you’d like more info on the real Transit City (and how to save it!) – Toronto’s own comprehensive transit strategy for the twenty-first century – click here and here. Or write your Councillor.***


arkitektur.

March 2, 2011
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Todd Saunders. Architect. Newfoundland / Norway.




I saw Todd speak last night at the University of Toronto’s Architecture School. I have recently been thinking a lot about geography, identity and culture, so this was right up my alley. Saunders uses traditional materials (mostly wood) to build inventive, modernist structures that interact with the location. His ideas stem from a respect for the natural form – the cliff overlooking a fjord in Norway, the violent shoreline of Newfoundland’s North Atlantic – and attempt to build something that is able to highlight the beauty of these spots.

He’s building a lot. The project shown above was his first. It wasn’t even commissioned; after graduating, a buddy and him bought the land and self-financed the build. His portfolio is growing and includes a utopian project in Newfoundland’s Fogo Island. I’ll post more about that some other time.