Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

This Is Not Sidewalk Art

2009 July 19

I recently walked past this Pepsi advertisement PAINTED ON THE SIDEWALK on Wellesly Street.

Is no place communal territory anymore?  Must I be inundated with ads even as I stare at my feet, meandering around the city?

Funny thing is, I actually thought this Pespi Word Play Campaign was cool – until now.

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An Abundance of Wu-Tang Related Memorabilia!

2009 April 9

This past weekend, I went to a ‘Book Blast’ being held at this vintage clothing store called Penny Arcade (owned by my friend Gerald’s sister.)  The book being launched was called Youth League, by John O. and according to the author’s website it “depicts an uncertain near future filled with portraits of desperation, violence, and an abundance of Wu-Tang related memorabilia.” 


Truthfully, it was more of a leaflet than a book, but it was cool anyway.  And, some of the characters were wearing some sweet professional sports jerseys!

Youth League was printed in a limited edition of 50 copies and it sold out.  Good thing I got my (signed) copy!

WWJD In Little Italy?

2009 March 26

The photography place around the corner from my house, Ferreira Photo Studio, is displaying both of the following in their window at present:

The first photo shows Little Italy’s most important VIPs: their ancestors, Jesus, and Princess Diana.  The second photo is self-explanatory.

Stereoscopic

2009 February 26

Way back in October, as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto City Hall was turned into Steroscope by the German group Project Blinkenlights.

This was pretty much the coolest part of the entire Nuit Blanche.  In fact, the installation ran for a while following the contemporary art event and I got to take in the ever-changing kaleidoscope on my way home from work each evening.

Anyway, I’m just wondering why Toronto doesn’t make this a permanent thing.  City Hall is already one of the coolest pieces of architecture in Toronto; however, if this was on display every night, it would become the most iconic monument in TZero.

It was probably mad expensive to run.

Getting Head From Barbie

2009 February 26

Why use a regular mannequin, when you could have one topped off with a dozen Barbie heads?!  Obviously, that’s what somebody at the clothing store Delphic/Toronto was thinking.

Delphic is located at 706 Queen Street West if you want to do some shopping or just check out the interesting artwork.

The Corsage Contest

2009 February 11

My friend Emily and I have this contest every year to see who can get the ugliest most amazing corsage/boutonniere for one another, to wear to our formal banquet for the team we coach together.  Last year I was so pleased with the corsage I had made at the Pink Twig floral boutique that I went back there again this time.  The girl, either Tanya or Amy, jumped at the challenge both times and came up with some pretty (pun intended) spectacular creations.  Below are my entries for last year – w/peacock feather – and this year – w/ phallic pink fern.

Also of interest: these girls do the flowers for Canada AM and they’re going to be on the show this Friday, February 13!

Cut ‘n Paste Toronto

2009 January 26

I just came across a flyer from Toronto Tourism’s 2007 Holiday Campaign.  I think the collaged images are really fresh and interesting, and certainly depict what it’s actually like in some of TO’s most iconic areas (Bloor-Yorkville, Queen West, Old Town Toronto, and Downtown Yonge).

The entire ad campaign can be viewed at www.mytorontoholiday.com;  also, here’s a link to Warren Brown Blog – he being the guy who created these images that I like so much.

Bill O’Reilly Must Be Pissed

2008 November 25

This cool notification/graffiti adorns a new construction barrier on College Street around Shaw:

(L to R) Cosby, Gates, Clinton, Murray.

Resist This!

2008 November 25

This amazing 2-story poster for the new video game Resistance 2 (for PS3) is currently hanging above Foot Locker on Queen Street West.  The trailer, below, is also pretty sick.

A Crystal Ship Drifting Through The City

2008 November 24

I read an article this morning in the Toronto Star’s Opinion section about culture growth in the city, and more specifically praising the transformed Art Gallery of Ontario.

Also, for its re-opening last weekend, a glowing architecture review of the AGO appeared on the front page of the Arts section of the NY Times.  Nicolai Ouroussoff calls it “a masterful example of how to breathe emotional life into a staid old structure,” and continues that “as you watch the figures jostling outside and then turn to the sculptures, urban life and art seem in perfect balance.”

Everyone seems to love the new AGO!

The above photo is from the NY Times website.