Street art is having a moment. Is it a pivotal one?

Street art is having a moment. Is it a pivotal one?

Street art is having a moment. Is it a pivotal one?

By Robin Catalano. Full article available on greylockglass.com

During the height of the Spanish flu pandemic, afflicted Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted a pair of self-portraits. In the first, he sits alone in a chair beside his rumpled bed, bundled in a robe, blankets covering his legs. His face is drained of color and his mouth hangs open, as if gasping for breath. In the second, painted after his recovery, he lists, seemingly exhausted, toward the viewer.

Though there is little besides Munch’s art that so viscerally records the 1918 pandemic, in its aftermath, the arts flourished, as they so often do following times of social and political upheaval—think the Renaissance after the black plague, or even the large body of political art that emerged following the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. It may be too early to gauge exactly what kind of art will emerge as the defining form of the post-COVID-19 period, but one media is staking its claim: street art.

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Street art is having a moment. Is it a pivotal one?

During the height of the Spanish flu pandemic, afflicted Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted a pair of self-portraits. In the first, he sits alone in a chair beside his rumpled bed, bundled in a robe, blankets covering his legs. His face is drained of color and his mouth hangs open, as if gasping for breath. In the second, painted after his recovery, he lists, seemingly exhausted, toward the viewer.

Create HOPE – Collective Mural Initiative

In the context of the current state of isolation, recommended by public health officials across the globe due to COVID19, a new initiative has been launched through an alliance between local Canadian arts and health advocates, to create an arts-based health promotion initiative in response to the high demand for mental health support for families to cope during this difficult period that we face.

Créer l’espoir – une murale virtuelle pancanadienne se dessine à l’horizon

Malgré les distances qui séparent les Canadiens en ces temps de confinement, des initiatives pour les réunir virtuellement surgissent partout au pays. L’une d’entre elles est le projet de murale virtuelle numérique Create Hope | Créer l’espoir.

L’initiative consiste à compiler des interprétations visuelles du concept d’espoir. Elle s’adresse en premier lieu aux enfants qui, comme le reste du monde, sont en quarantaine pour une période indéterminée.

Le projet repose sur deux initiatives lancées par Rodrigo et Paola Ardiles Gamboa, frère et sœur, soit le Dundas West Public Museum de Toronto (géré principalement par l’ONG Creativo Arts) et la coopérative de promotion de la santé Bridge for Health basée à Vancouver. Le mot-clé avec lequel ils veulent faire résonner le projet au pays est #createhopemural.

Create HOPE – Collective Mural Initiative

Create HOPE – Collective Mural Initiative

Create HOPE – Collective Mural Initiative

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Vancouver / Toronto, April 2020

In the context of the current state of isolation, recommended by public health officials across the country due to COVID19, a new initiative is launching today through an alliance between local Canadian arts and health advocates. Bridge for Health (Vancouver), and the Dundas West Open Air Public Art Museum (Toronto). The two have come together to create an arts-based health promotion initiative in response to the high demand for mental health support for families to cope during this difficult period that humanity faces.

The “Create HOPE” digital mural initiative will collect the interpretations of hope from children and families across Canada. Interpretations that could vary from drawings, written literature and multimedia genres that are inspired by this invitation. The submissions will then be projected onto a digital collage that forms a mural to showcase the various expressions of HOPE, as an inspiration to all.

Partners of this initiative include “Alita X Design” Studios, named Top 5 Creatives in Canada 2009, that will be collaborating with the Museum designers and artists, along with the Health promoters across the country.

Due to the uncertainty of the isolation period, this “call out” for artworks and multimedia interpretations will not be limited to a certain date, an effort to accompany families through these uncertain periods. Beautiful artworks and social engagement, are the results that are expected from this invite. Hence, we would like to extend the invitation to entire communities without prejudice, to participate in this collective “Create HOPE” initiative.

Starting Monday April 6, 2020, we are asking communities to please post the illustration on social media using #CreateHopeMural and/or to submit artworks to: muralhope@gmail.com  

Social media link:

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1334328643417544/ 

Image credit: Danilo Vergara @yo.soy.danilo
Mural Artist: Giovanni Zamora @giova.streetart
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Street art is having a moment. Is it a pivotal one?

During the height of the Spanish flu pandemic, afflicted Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted a pair of self-portraits. In the first, he sits alone in a chair beside his rumpled bed, bundled in a robe, blankets covering his legs. His face is drained of color and his mouth hangs open, as if gasping for breath. In the second, painted after his recovery, he lists, seemingly exhausted, toward the viewer.

Create HOPE – Collective Mural Initiative

In the context of the current state of isolation, recommended by public health officials across the globe due to COVID19, a new initiative has been launched through an alliance between local Canadian arts and health advocates, to create an arts-based health promotion initiative in response to the high demand for mental health support for families to cope during this difficult period that we face.

Créer l’espoir – une murale virtuelle pancanadienne se dessine à l’horizon

Malgré les distances qui séparent les Canadiens en ces temps de confinement, des initiatives pour les réunir virtuellement surgissent partout au pays. L’une d’entre elles est le projet de murale virtuelle numérique Create Hope | Créer l’espoir.

L’initiative consiste à compiler des interprétations visuelles du concept d’espoir. Elle s’adresse en premier lieu aux enfants qui, comme le reste du monde, sont en quarantaine pour une période indéterminée.

Le projet repose sur deux initiatives lancées par Rodrigo et Paola Ardiles Gamboa, frère et sœur, soit le Dundas West Public Museum de Toronto (géré principalement par l’ONG Creativo Arts) et la coopérative de promotion de la santé Bridge for Health basée à Vancouver. Le mot-clé avec lequel ils veulent faire résonner le projet au pays est #createhopemural.

Créer l’espoir – une murale virtuelle pancanadienne se dessine à l’horizon

Créer l’espoir – une murale virtuelle pancanadienne se dessine à l’horizon

Créer l’espoir – une murale virtuelle pancanadienne se dessine à l’horizon

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Malgré les distances qui séparent les Canadiens en ces temps de confinement, des initiatives pour les réunir virtuellement surgissent partout au pays. L’une d’entre elles est le projet de murale virtuelle numérique Create Hope | Créer l’espoir.

L’initiative consiste à compiler des interprétations visuelles du concept d’espoir. Elle s’adresse en premier lieu aux enfants qui, comme le reste du monde, sont en quarantaine pour une période indéterminée.

Le projet repose sur deux initiatives lancées par Rodrigo et Paola Ardiles Gamboa, frère et sœur, soit le Dundas West Public Museum de Toronto (géré principalement par l’ONG Creativo Arts) et la coopérative de promotion de la santé Bridge for Health basée à Vancouver. Le mot-clé avec lequel ils veulent faire résonner le projet au pays est #createhopemural.

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Street art is having a moment. Is it a pivotal one?

During the height of the Spanish flu pandemic, afflicted Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted a pair of self-portraits. In the first, he sits alone in a chair beside his rumpled bed, bundled in a robe, blankets covering his legs. His face is drained of color and his mouth hangs open, as if gasping for breath. In the second, painted after his recovery, he lists, seemingly exhausted, toward the viewer.

Create HOPE – Collective Mural Initiative

In the context of the current state of isolation, recommended by public health officials across the globe due to COVID19, a new initiative has been launched through an alliance between local Canadian arts and health advocates, to create an arts-based health promotion initiative in response to the high demand for mental health support for families to cope during this difficult period that we face.

Créer l’espoir – une murale virtuelle pancanadienne se dessine à l’horizon

Malgré les distances qui séparent les Canadiens en ces temps de confinement, des initiatives pour les réunir virtuellement surgissent partout au pays. L’une d’entre elles est le projet de murale virtuelle numérique Create Hope | Créer l’espoir.

L’initiative consiste à compiler des interprétations visuelles du concept d’espoir. Elle s’adresse en premier lieu aux enfants qui, comme le reste du monde, sont en quarantaine pour une période indéterminée.

Le projet repose sur deux initiatives lancées par Rodrigo et Paola Ardiles Gamboa, frère et sœur, soit le Dundas West Public Museum de Toronto (géré principalement par l’ONG Creativo Arts) et la coopérative de promotion de la santé Bridge for Health basée à Vancouver. Le mot-clé avec lequel ils veulent faire résonner le projet au pays est #createhopemural.

1220 Dundas St. W

1220 Dundas St. W

1220 Dundas St. W
Dollarama Mural
This mural represents the large community of Portuguese people and businesses that reside within the Little Portugal Area. It also represents a merging of the youth within the community, as graffiti art is considered a relatively new art form created by predominantly youth.
Artwork Information
  • Title: Dollorama Mural
  • Creation Date: 2017
  • Address: 1220 Dundas St. W
  • Artist: SADAR w/ BACON and POSER

ABOUT THE ARTIST


SADAR w/ BACON and POSER
Blaze “SADAR” Wiradharma is an OCADU Graduate with a BDES in Illustration. After living in Singapore for the last two years,  he has returned to Toronto to continue freelancing as a Mural / Graffiti Artist, Illustrator and Graphic Designer. In his early beginnings, his interest in visual communication was sparked by graffiti and street art. These forms influenced him heavily, his style reflecting the vibrant and often bold nature of urban art. This also encouraged the development of letters, calligraphy & characters which are a large part of his work.
Blaze takes inspiration from all facets of his own life experiences, and strives to create imagery which reflects lessons that he has learned along with social commentary. Utilising spray paint and exterior latex to create his exterior and interior work, he believes that large mural artwork in the public sphere has a responsibility to create questions in the viewers mind and encourage critical thinking.

This artwork is proudly hosted by Dollarama1220 Dundas St  West.

Hosts ensure a long life to the artworks by acting as their custodians. If you would like to know more about the Dundas West Open Air Museum hosts program then please contact us at hosts@dundaswest.museum

TOURING TORONTO – Embrace street art culture with graffiti tours, art festivals and daring views on a hip trip to Toronto

TOURING TORONTO – Embrace street art culture with graffiti tours, art festivals and daring views on a hip trip to Toronto

TOURING TORONTO – Embrace street art culture with graffiti tours, art festivals and daring views on a hip trip to Toronto

Dundas West Open Air Museum featured prominently today in “The Sun”, the UK’s widest read newspaper. See the full report here:

Embrace street art culture with graffiti tours, art festivals and daring views on a hip trip to Toronto

 

1220 Dundas St. W

This mural represents the large community of Portuguese people and businesses that reside within the Little Portugal Area. It also represents a merging of the youth within the community, as graffiti art is considered a relatively new art form created by predominantly youth.

1375 Dundas St. W

The Essencia Arts Collective believes that art can be a tool for social change and community empowerment. With members from across six continents, Essencia expresses itself from a unique and global perspective. Having over 10 years experience working in diverse communities around the world, the collective has run artistic projects with youth, first nations, refugees, immigrants, prison inmates, galleries, and festivals. Essencia encourages artistic storytelling, and expresses itself through muralism, street art, graffiti, graphic design, photography, video, music, poetry, dance and love!

Dundas West Museum Laneway

Located at the north laneway behind Dundas St. West, between Dufferin St. and Gladstone Ave. lies a beautiful grayscale portrait of a women smoking. The drip technique can be observed in this artwork, as the gracious expressions are elegantly placed in the composition.

Our community is blessed to have such great talent present. We thank the artist for his inspiration and art.