The Sirens of the Lambs. A slaughterhouse delivery truck touring the meatpacking district and then citywide (NYC) for the next two weeks. By Banksy.
Posts from the ‘Art’ Category
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has mounted an installation sculpture in Nathan Phillips Square. It’s composed of 3,144 bicycles, connected into a three-dimensional structure that in turn creates a visually stunning piece of public art.
Yong Jiu, translated in English as “forever” is the most popular bicycle brand in China. Ai re-imagines this object to create a complex sculpture that represents the rapidly changing social environment in China.
It’s up for the public to see until October 27, so I recommend you take the time out of your day to pay it a visit!
It’s that time of year that most Torontonians fear like the plague — Nuit Blanche. The 905ers take over our streets in an effort to discover more than 65 independent outdoor projects from Toronto’s art community.
Toronto’s first Nuit Blanche began in 2006, and was influenced by a similar venture in Paris, France. The problem with the Toronto event is that the program’s description of the installations are often misleading, and you’ll wade your way through crushing crowds to discover that what you wanted to see is simply a screen projection on the side of a building.
This morning I discovered something interesting at the Metropolitan United Church. Called The Garden Tower, and created by Tadashi Kawamata, chairs are piled atop one another to evoke the Babel Tower myth which states that humanity speaks with one voice to build a better future. Clearly, a myth!
I thought it was pretty cool, and happy I saw it before the crowds descend onto our streets this evening. It turns into one big drinking fest, and I hate it.
A couple of days ago I wrote about attending an public outdoor screening of Madonna’s new 17-minute short-film. Do you remember? Well, it doesn’t matter, because it’s now been released for the world to see. The black and white film launches Art for Freedom, a global initiative to further freedom of expression, created by Madonna, curated by VICE, and distributed by BitTorrent.
According the the press release:
Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging the world to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions will become part of the Art For Freedom platform: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom.
Read by Glenn Close
I like for you to be still/ It is as though you are absent/ And you hear me from far away/ And my voice does not touch you/ It seems as though your eyes had flown away/ And it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth/ As all things are filled with my soul/ You emerge from the things/ Filled with my soul/ You are like my soul/ A butterfly of dream/ And you are like the word: Melancholy
I like for you to be still/ And you seem far away/ It sounds as though you are lamenting/ A butterfly cooing like a dove/ And you hear me from far away/ And my voice does not reach you/ Let me come to be/ still in your silence/ And let me talk to you with your silence/ That is bright as a lamp/ Simple, as a ring/ You are like the night/ With its stillness and constellations/ Your silence is that of a star/ As remote and candid
I like for you to be still/ It is as though you are absent/ Distant and full of sorrow/ So you would’ve died/ One word then, One smile is enough/ And I’m happy;/ Happy that it’s not true
While waiting for the unveiling of Madonna’s Secret Project I found this awesome series of photographs from a man who documented every day of his life for four years. If you’re ever interested, you can find it sprawled on the second floor wall of building nine in the Distillery District. There wasn’t a plaque to explain who the man is or what the series is about, so I kinda pieced it together on my own. The genius that I am.
Madonna is a bit of a megalomaniac. Comparing herself to Ghandi and Buddha is a bit rich, but the message she preaches is respectable. It’s the revolution of love and Madonna wants YOU as one of her soldiers.
Starting tonight the Secret Project plays at seven locations, including Toronto, London, LA, NYC and Berlin. Tomorrow it will screen in Paris, and Rome.
The film will then be available for free download September 24 at 9pm PST from bundles.bittorrent.com/madonna-revolution/
I went to the 9 p.m. viewing in the Distillery District and was quite moved, to be honest.
The locations of each viewing are pasted below.
Berlin – September 23
1) 9PM – Oranienburger Straße 60
2) 10PM – Galeria Kaufhof – Alexanderplatz 9
3) 11PM – Friedrichstraße 43-45
4) Midnight – Stralauer Platz
London – September 23
1) 9PM – Exhibition Road: Exhibition Road London SW7 2DD
2) 10PM – Gerrard Place/Chinatown: Chinatown London WC2H 7PR
3) 11PM – Tate Modern: Holland St, London SE1 9TG
4) MIDNIGHT – Shoreditch High St Station: London E1 6GY
Los Angeles – September 23
1) 9PM – Hillhurst Ave
2) 10PM – 6060 Wilshire Blvd
3) 11PM – 652 N La Peer Dr
4) Midnight – 1855 Main St
Toronto – September 23
1) 9PM – 9 Trinity St # 200
2) 10PM – 317 Dundas St W
3) 11PM – 327 Bloor St W
4) Midnight – 273 Bloor St W
New York – September 23
1) 10PM 306 West 31st Street
2) 11PM 11 W 53rd Street
Paris – September 24
1) 10PM – Trocadero, – 1 Place du Trocadero 75016 Paris
2) 10:50PM – Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du President Wilson, 75116 Paris
3) 11:40PM – Igor Stravinsky, 23 Rue Saint-Merri 75004 Paris
4) 12:30AM – Pantheon, Place du Pantheon
Rome – September 24
1) 10PM – Ara Pacis Museum, Piazza Augusto Imperatore
2) 10:50PM – Piazza della Rotonda
3) 11:40PM – Piazza Venezia
4) 12:30AM – Termini, Via Marsala
This was a stencil that I found while walking in downtown Fredericton this past July. It elicits a “what the fuck?” reaction. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.
The dog looks happy though. Maybe this is famous, or something, I don’t know.
Concorde CityPlace is home to a number of public art installation pieces. I don’t normally enjoy this specific neighbourhood, though it is close to Canoe Landing Park, which is one of my favourite places in Toronto.
This morning I was reading Urban Toronto (I was up super early), and thought I’d take a long walk to check out what all the fuss is about.
What I found was a rather impressive series of art installations that has brought a much-needed sense to culture, and artistic sensibility, to a rather dull and boring part of the city.
I was surprised to learn that CityPlace is home to the largest collection of public artworks in Canada, and this blog post highlights only a fraction of what can be seen in its reaches.
Puente de Luz, or ‘Bridge of Light’ was designed by renowned Chilean sculptor Francisco Gazitua with structural engineer Peter Sheffield. It carries pedestrians as well as bicyclists from the western portion of CityPlace to Front Street West just between Spadina and Bathurst.
Approaching Red rests in the promenade between Parade East and Parade West, inviting pedestrians to engage with its curving channel that lights up in the evening.
Approaching Red was brought to Concord CityPlace by Iraqi-born artist Maha Mustafa in June. What Approaching Red is able to do is bring a vibrant splash colour to a grey part of town, and it truly demands, and receives, attention.
Flower Power was created by sculptor Mark di Suvero, and is a massive steel sculpture that reflectes the 1960s hippie movement and the artist’s own personal dedication to that peaceful era.
So there you have it! I encourage those visiting, or living in Toronto, to make some time in your journey and check out these impressive works of art.
The mural outside of the NOW Magazine offices
I often hear Americans talk about individual freedom. Obviously to everyone outside of the United States, it’s clear that inequalities within the “land of the free” are rampant. Gays continue to struggle for equality. In fact, in certain states it’s still legal to fire someone because of their sexuality.
For me, it’s obvious that the definition of individual freedom to Americans means economic prosperity. The goal is financial success, and yet so many Americans are disenfranchised from any possibility of reaching their “full potential.” This is a direct result of hateful, bigoted laws, promoted by hateful, bigoted people.
What does being free mean to you? To me, it’s not about acquiring possessions. It’s not about appearances, or projecting an image to make my peers jealous. Rather, freedom is a state of mind. The ability to ask questions. To be free of material constraints that we erroneously believe define our identity.
To think free, is to reach self-awareness, so that in turn we can reach enlightenment. Being free is ensuring that everyone around is can enjoy the same privileges we all believe we’re entitled to. It means informing ourselves, and making knowledgeable choices that can positively impact not only people, but our planet. This includes animals, and the environment.
I encourage all of you to think free. And when you believe that a certain group is unequal to your own, I ask that you challenge your perceptions and raise the level of decency. Not just for you, but for everyone.
Think free. Indeed.