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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.


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.***


swine-style.

February 24, 2011
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BACON. Graffiti Artisit. Toronto. Ontario. Canada.




I like bridges a lot. The other day, a new holiday in Ontario, I wandered down the tracks from my house and found myself under a series of bridges with a bunch of really great graffiti. Some of my favourite stuff was by ‘BACON’ – turns out, he’s quite prolific around tdot, representing HSA, DP and MOLOTOW (paint+marker makers).
I took some photos myself, I’ll post them some other time. Until then, enjoy.


bookart.

January 26, 2011
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Isaac Salazar. Paper Art. New Mexico.

Check his flickr for more cuts, folds, bookarts.


subtle disaster.

January 26, 2011
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EKTA. Murals. Gothenburg, Sweden.

Bright & Colourful! EKTA’s a prolific graphic artist, graffiti artist, muralist. Check out more of his stuff here.


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