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Cooper Cole Gallery Presents: Maya Hayuk Solo Exhibition (Toronto, Canada)

Maya Hayuk

Maya Hayuk (photo courtesy of the gallery)

Maya Hayuk is a muralist, painter, photographer, printmaker, video artist and musician. From her large-scale installations to small works on paper, her obsession with symmetry and nourishing color play out in what might be views from the Hubble Telescope, airbrushed nail art, Mexican woven blankets, Ukrainian Easter eggs, chandeliers, mandalas, Rorschach tests and/ or holograms. Her work has been exhibited and published extensively internationally in galleries, museums, on the streets and in various printed and electronic media. Hayuk lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

COOPER COLE
1161 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON, M6J1X3, Canada
info@coopercolegallery.com / 647 347 3316  / www.coopercolegallery.com
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Twist Gallery Presents: CASE “Mischief Over” (Toronoto, Canada)

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July 5 – July 28, 2012
Opening: Thursday, July 5, 7-12 p.m.
TWIST GALLERY
1100 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON M6J 1H9
T: 416 – 588 – 2222
info@twistgallery.ca
www.twistgallery.ca
Hours: Tues–Sat 11–6 p.m.

Twist Gallery presents a solo exhibition of all new work by one of Canada’s most notable graffiti artist CASE.

His 20 years of urban beautification have spread his notoriety across the globe; showing overseas and throughout the United States including The Armoury in New York City; Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art in Hollywood, CA ; The Graffiti World exhibit at GO Gallery in Amsterdam; and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Merging his graffiti experiences and his studio study into a style that weaves classical and street art together, while continuing to explore the industrial medium of spray paint without traditional boundaries. CASE has also directed/animated music videos for a number of recording artists including Eminem, Neil Diamond and  The Arcade Fire.

There will be drinks, standard gallery opening snacks with DJ’s Fathom and Dougie Boom spinning

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Show and Tell Gallery Presents: James Marshall (Dalek) & Greg Lamarche “Geometric Balance” (Tornonto, Canada)

Geometric Balance

brooklyn-street-art-Show-and-Tell_gallery-DalekJames Marshall (Dalek) “Untitled“, Acrylic on Paper, 20″ x 20”, 2011

brooklyn-street-art-Show-and-Tell_gallery-GregMailerGreg Lamarche “Untitled (O Series)“, Paper Collage, 8.5″ x 11”, 2011

James Marshall & Greg Lamarche
Geometric Balance
July 22 – August 31 2011
www.showandtellgallery.com

Show & Tell Gallery is pleased to present a 2 person exhibition with James Marshall (Dalek) and Greg Lamarche.

Exhibiting these distinct artists together creates a powerful dynamism based on the collision of James Marshall’s graphic geometries with Greg Lamarche’s typographic savvy and cut-paper collages. The cross-pollination of visual and conceptual traits that occurs when viewing both bodies of work at once produces a new, combined aesthetic that is wholly unlike either Marshall or Lamarche’s artistic achievements on their own. That said, it would be an oversight to discount the similar visual and structural methodologies upon which these artists have built their practices.

The works on display, with their robust colours and sinuous lines, are a testament to the leading position Marshall and Lamarche occupy at the frontier of the new abstraction. The current impulse back towards abstracted forms and the spectral buzz of cleverly combined colours is brought to fruition by these artists. What Geometic Balance candidly demonstrates is that Marshall and Lamarche are successfully recalibrating the relationship between figure and abstraction without losing the primacy and critical content of their work.

Opening Reception: Friday June 22, 7 – 11pm.

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Toronto, ON
M6J 1X3
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Gallery Hours
Wed – Sat: 1pm – 7pm
Sun: 1pm – 6pm
Mon & Tue: By Appointment Only

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Show and Tell Gallery Presents: “Good Folks” A Group Show (Toronto, Canada)

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Irina
Silkscreen on fabric, hand dyed, embroidered, painted, and coffee stained.
Signed edition of 10
10.5″ x 24″ (26.67 cm x 60.96 cm)
2010

Click here to purchase this special limited edition print online now.

Entitled Good Folks, this exhibition features an exciting line up of multi-disciplinary artists whose works express a concise cultural identity by conveying shared community values, aesthetics, and a delicate understanding of society and their place in contemporary culture.

While the artists in this exhibition can be linked to folk art, on a more one-dimensional level the name simply celebrates some Good Folks who have contributed to the successful and exciting journey of Show & Tell Gallery for the past two years.

Participating artists include:

Swoon, Monica Canilao, Jeremiah Maddock,
Derek Mehaffey, Felix Berube, and Troy Dugas

If you are interested in being added to the collector preview list for this show please contact the gallery.

1161 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON
M6J 1X3
Canada

+ 647.347.3316
info@showandtellgallery.com

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Fun Friday 10.08.10

Fun Friday 10.08.10

Fun-Friday

Fun Friday

Erik Burke and Cahil Muraguh

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Experimental show space 17 Frost in Brooklyn tonight hosts the opening of a show that summons Woody Guthrie from the ethers to talk about a time when average working American citizens were asserting their right over resources from multinational companies. An unconventional mashup of NYC graffiti and Hudson River School this show boldly challenges you to make connections where you didn’t know there were any.  Reconciling urban abstract with pastoral landscapes can’t be easy, but when both are your influences you are bound to find the is a germ of something new.

Ride ‘Em Cowboy – Beast & Berlusconi

Furious Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has ordered in inquiry after 16 giant posters showing him riding young models like horses sprung up overnight in Milan.

The faked images – some showing the playboy PM beating the girls’ bottoms with a riding crop – are said to be the work of a local Banksy-style street artist called Beast.

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Mundano Modifies Political Posters in Brazil

In another politically engaged Street Art take on graphic messaging in the public sphere, Brazilian Street Artist Mundano is re-styling posters for the  Presidential elections currently taking place in Brazil.

Know Hope in Toronto Tonight

Street Artist Know Hope is currently in Toronto for tonight’s opening of his solo show “There Is Nothing Dear (There Is Too Much Dear)” at the Show and Tell Gallery.  “I’m really excited about this show and the pieces in it. Toronto is also a really cool city,” says the artist.

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Skewville charms the French

Or at least that’s what Adam says he did.

FAME Wrap Up Video

Italy was once again treated to some of the best worldwide large scale installations of work by Street Artists in one place for the FAME festival. Here is a summary of the scene.

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Show And Tell Gallery Presents: Know Hope “There Is Nothing Dear (There Is Too Much Dear)” (Toronto)

Know Hope

Know Hope

Know Hope (© Jaime Rojo)

For the past 4 years, Know Hope has been showing his work in galleries and exhibitions worldwide, but mainly on the streets, in their natural urban settings. Know Hope deals with the ephemeral aspect of not only the genre itself, but also as a subject – the need of momentary connections in the everyday reality, and the common denominator that is the human struggle.

Through site specific installations, murals and paste-ups, Know Hope attempts to create situations that happen in real time, and are accessible to the public on a day-to-day basis, with intentions of creating some sort of a dialogue.

He views his gallery practice as a completely different mindset as that of working in the street. Street art is about reacting to the surroundings, to an existing reality and becoming part of it, thus making the piece itself blend in and become as significant as the environment in which it is placed, whereas the gallery is a much safer environment, which can function as a greenhouse in some manners. The separation is vital, and Know Hope believes that it is impossible to recreate or bring the street indoors, but on the other hand allows the artist to create an environment of his own. The same process is valid for the viewer himself, because the context in which the pieces are seen inevitably affects the experience.

For the past year, Know Hope’s work has been revolving around the story of an un-named figure, following it and creating some sort of lifeline through its observations, mishaps and eventually its commentary. The figure is the visual manifestation of the human vulnerability addressed in all the pieces.

The re-occurring figure is used as a way for the viewer to create a “long-term relationship”, so to speak, with the character. Through different stages and situations of despair, hope and discovery, the narrative is an ever-developing one. Through the use of a vocabulary of iconography such as electricity poles, tree stumps, broken televisions and billboards, a whole world is created and is used as a visual metaphor of the world in which we live. In the gallery pieces the photographic backgrounds function as a substitute for the urban background which is provided organically in the street works.

The majority of the pieces are made out of cardboard, a choice based not only on the aesthetics of the medium, but on the essence of the material. Cardboard is often used to make boxes, to contain objects and transfer them from one place to the other, only to be discarded immediately after- it is always available, somebody else’s trash.
The use of cardboard makes the content of the pieces physical- the urgency of creating temporary art for the street, and the liability and rough fragility of the same struggle addressed before.

Know Hope has garnered much attention over the past year with his paste-ups and installations as well as successful exhibitions in the UK, LA, Norway, San Jose and recently New York and is now preparing for group and solo exhibitions in Rome, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2009.

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Toronto, ON
M6J 1X3
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Sun: 1pm – 7pm
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Show And Tell Gallery Presents: Dan Bergeron AKA Faux Reel “Faces Of The City” (Toronto)

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Dan Bergeron "Beth" (Mixed Media On Wood, 56.5" x 59.5", 2010) Image Courtesy of the Gallery
Dan Bergeron “Beth” (Mixed Media On Wood, 56.5″ x 59.5″, 2010) Image Courtesy of the Gallery

Upcoming: Dan Bergeron – Faces of the City


Show & Tell Gallery is pleased to welcome Dan Bergeron (also known as fauxreel) to his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Bergeron is best known for his subversive and thought-provoking public street installations.

His most recent body of work, Faces of the City, juxtaposes the abrasive charm of the distressed surfaces of modern cities with the intimate familiarity of the human face. As the walls and surfaces of the city define its physical character and spatial identity, the faces of its inhabitants provide the city with its personality, disposition and magnetism. His fusion of the two explores the idea that beauty truly lies in the scars, wrinkles and blemishes of places we live and people we meet.

Faces of the City will feature original photo-based, mixed media assemblages as well as a selection of editioned photo prints featuring the artist’s street installations.

Bergeron’s work has been displayed in institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. His public installations can be found in alleys, boroughs, arrondissements, and on high streets in Toronto, New York, Paris and London.

Dan Bergeron
Faces of the City
Sept 10th – Oct 3rd, 2010
Dan Bergeron
Artist talk
Sept 11th, 2010
4 – 6pm

1161 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON
M6J 1X3
Canada

+ 647.347.3316
info@showandtellgallery.com

Wed – Sat: 1pm -8pm
Sun: 1pm – 7pm
Mon & Tue: By Appointment Only


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Banksy in Toronto? Don’t be afraid to use Adjectives*

I’m not one to follow gossip, but there have been whispers that these Banksy’s may not be by Banksy – and it would be just shocking to imagine that a surrogate is putting up his work.  Regardless, the placement looks genuine, and the wry humor is clearly intact.  A particular detail that just makes me bark out loud (BOL) is the Jeff Koons pink dog with the officer.

Also extra points for the soundtrack – helpful hints for attracting and retaining the opposite sex.

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Fauxreel: Putting Faces on the Faceless

Fauxreel: Putting Faces on the Faceless

Facing the Public Can Be a Huge Challenge for a Street Artist. Fauxreel has no problem looking you in the eye (and heart).

Street Artist Fauxreel shows BSA some of the images he uses to create his new series from.

Street Artist Fauxreel shows BSA some of the images he uses to create his new “Face in the City” series.

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The finished Fauxreel on the street.

Dan Bergeron, AKA Fauxreel, has been bringing realistic-looking people to the street for about a decade.  Using photography, sociology, and psychology, the Toronto-based artist likes to pay homage, increase visibility, and give voice to people we may not usually see or hear.  Time and again he returns to issues of social justice and the individuals who he sees have been overlooked or outright ignored by our greater society on some level.

Fauxreel’s work is deliberate, thoughtful, careful and heartfelt. A great amount of study and preparation takes place before any piece is finally up, as if doing less would be dishonest. His newest project is a departure from these heavier sentiments and takes a step back from social policy. Instead his portraits seek to fuse with the walls, camoflauge themselves with graffiti and weathered brick. In these partially missing portraits, the topic of invisibility is addressed yet again, but this time with more poetry and a bit of mystery.

As usual, Fauxreel is putting his best face forward, and following it up with action. Here he talks with BSA about three of his most recent projects and what motivates him to hold a mirror up before us.

Looking at Cody in progress. (photo Dan Bergeron)

Fauxreel selected people who lived in this public housing project and created huge portraits for the buildings in the complex. (photo Dan Bergeron)

Brooklyn Street Art: When we last spoke with you, you were working on a large project in a public housing area in Toronto (The Regent Park Portrait Project). Was that a good experience for you and the residents?

Fauxreel: It’s hard to speak for all of the residents of the Regent Park community, but the ones that I did keep in touch with were very happy to either have participated as subjects or to have a positive spotlight shone on their community. Did the project help residents in terms of being displaced from their community? No. Although no concrete outcome emerged from installing the images, I think that a lot of Torontonians got out to visit Regent Park when they normally wouldn’t have and with the help of Luminato (the festival that commissioned the project) there will be a new arts center built when the redevelopment is completed.

 

Fauxreels' portrait of Valda.

Fauxreels’ portrait of Valda.

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Personally, the project was rewarding for a number of reasons. The scale of the work was a challenge to create and install. I had gone 10′ high before, but doubling the size made me tighten up both my shooting and pasting skills.

The impact the work had (and still has as I still get e-mails from people who have just discovered it) made me realize that my work can have merit, can exist for the greater good and not just in an anti-establishment sort of way. But most importantly the project was rewarding and memorable for the people that I met and the process involved in its undertaking.

 

Fauxreel worked with people who are homeless in Toronto to bring their humanity to the street.

Fauxreel worked with people who are homeless in Toronto to bring their humanity to the street.

Brooklyn Street Art: Recently you have been working on a project called “The Unaddressed”. Similar to the other project, it contemplates people who are marginalized by our society.

Fauxreel: The Unaddressed project came about through a commission I received from The Royal Ontario Museum and The Contact Photography Festival. The exhibition was entitled Housepaint Phase II: Shelter. Devon Ostrom curated the exhibition and The ROM chose to work with 5 artists – Evoke, Other, Elicser, Specter and myself. The other four artists chose to work with interpreting structures in accordance with the theme of homelessness. As such, I thought I would work to my strength and focus on people. Over four months I spent time meeting various homeless and formerly homeless residents of Toronto.

Brooklyn Street Art: This time out, you gave people placards with messages – a bit more direct way of getting the idea across?

Fauxreel: In completing research for this project, I read a book called Dying For A Home by Cathy Crowe, who’s a street nurse living and working in Toronto. Through reading the book I got the impression that to combat an issue like homelessness you have to be very much in other people’s faces.

 

Simple placement and simple message sometimes is the strongest. Fauxreel's "The Unaddressed"

Simple placement and simple message sometimes is the strongest. Fauxreel’s “The Unaddressed”

Never insult people or chastise them for their fortune in life, but definitely talk about the homeless situation as directly as possible. Be frank and be honest. As such, I thought that using panhandling signage for the subjects to convey their messages was as simple and straightforward as you can get. So I brought the subjects over to my studio, we chatted about their experiences and they came up with messages that they wanted to convey to the public; messages that were counter to what is usually seen on most panhandling signage today.

In the end, the signs revealed some of the issues surrounding homelessness, showed the public that some necessities that we take for granted (think about having a phone or identification) are actually quite valuable and hard to come by and they allowed the subjects to speak their minds.

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Brooklyn Street Art: Why do you think we walk right by people in need without seeing them?

Fauxreel: Unfortunately we ignore many things, people and situations in life as a pure means of survival. I’m definitely guilty of it. Imagine if you were to walk to work everyday and stop and chat, give money or help everyone that needed it. You wouldn’t get to work on time, you would feel pretty depressed and you would have a little less money in your pocket. And because reasons for being homeless are so complex – drug addictions, mental illness to name a few – it’s often hard for the average person to reach out to someone in a situation like this. That being said, we shouldn’t ignore others in need in order for our own perseverance, but we should try and find a balance between giving of our time or money to individuals and organizations that need are help and working towards our passions and goals. I think someone once said that it’s easier to give of yourself when your cup is full.

 

"Everybody Deserves Respect", by Fauxreel

“Everybody Deserves Respect”, by Fauxreel

Brooklyn Street Art: Can you talk about one of the individuals you worked with, and how the process evolved?

Fauxreel: I met a lot of the subjects through Andy Coats, a family friend who works with Project 417 here in Toronto. Project 417 is responsible for sandwich runs, providing clothing and specifically working with homeless youth, amongst many other efforts. Andy was able to introduce me to a number of homeless youth through a weekly meal drop in at Knox Presbyterian Church. With Andy as a liaison, I was able to meet a bunch of great folks and help them get their messages out.

 

"Don't You Dare Deny My Existence" by Fauxreel

“Don’t You Dare Deny My Existence” A portrait of Ron Craven by Fauxreel

Of the 18 people who’s photograph that I took, I think spending time with Ron Craven was the most illuminating. Ron is a former successful real estate agent who became a hard drug user in the early 80’s, lost it all and ended up on the street. The interesting thing about talking to Ron is that he’s lived all of these different lives and he understands the value of money and property in ways that most people don’t, whether they are homeless or not. Although many people liken real estate agents to the devil, it’s people like Ron who get to see the joy that people feel when they purchase a home. So to hear Ron talk about life on the streets is a definite eye opener.

 

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Integrating the exposed and weathered brick wall as an element of the face in the city, Fauxreel loosens the grip for a ghostly effect. The new works “explore the idea that beauty truly lies in the scars, wrinkles and blemishes of places we live and people we meet”

Brooklyn Street Art: Today you are working on some pieces that are bit more abstract…almost like the head of an invisible man…

Fauxreel:The Unaddressed” project took a lot out of me and I really didn’t want to create work outdoors for a while. The reaction to the work in Toronto was not very favorable. A lot of the pieces got ripped down and/or defaced with rude comments directed at the subjects. Although looking back, it shows that the work resonated enough with the public that they reacted to it.

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With this new body of work (“Face of the City”) I’m trying to take on some ideas that I’ve come to develop through spending time with Specter. As you may know, he and I worked on “A City Renewal Project” last year and we are really great friends.

 

Fauxreel's original photo of the model for his new series

Fauxreel’s original photo of the model for his new series, “Face in the City”

Whenever we talk about new work the discussion always comes back to the work being site-specific. With these new pieces I want to take the attributes of the distressed walls and let them become part of the expressions in the faces of the subjects. It makes the work somewhat three-dimensional in a way and is allowing me to loosen my style and approach up a bit.

The resulting street art image by Fauxreel.

The resulting street art image by Fauxreel.

The work is in it’s infant stages at the moment, but I think that the ideas behind the work have a universal appeal, will allow me to experiment with a bunch of different techniques and approaches, and it’s a body of work that I think I could continue to work on here and there for years to come.

Brooklyn Street Art: How do you try to create work that can speak to viewers?

Fauxreel: To speak to viewers I think you need to be sensitive to them and their interests. If you’re working outdoors, then you need to look at issues of public space, look at how people communicate with one another, realize how the work can help people to understand others and themselves and always be keen to pay attention to where the work is going to reside. Other than that I would only say that you should try and be original and create work that has some substance. Without substance there is no purpose or longevity.

Joe in Black and White by Fauxreel

Joe in Black and White by Fauxreel.

Brooklyn Street Art: You’ve talked in the past of a communal living room. Is that how you see the environment of the street?

Fauxreel: Definitely. The outdoors is a communal space and as an artist working outdoors I should try and make work that provokes the viewer to think or heighten the viewer’s experience of the outdoors when they come into contact with my work.

 

Joe in the spray and the spatter of the

The final product, suddenly complex, alive. Fauxreel.

Brooklyn Street Art: How does your work affect you?

Fauxreel: Finding this venue to express myself has been the most rewarding experience in my life thus far. It makes me feel like I’m contributing to a larger conversation and has given me a vocation in which I can express my ideas.

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Logan Hicks and C215 in a “Parallel Universe” at Show and Tell

Street Art Stencil Masters Join Talents in first Collaborative Show in Toronto

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Indicative of a new technique Logan has been exploring since the end of summer – a new piece called”Self Portrait 2″ (courtesy Show and Tell Gallery)

Last week two street artists, Brooklyn’s Logan Hicks and C215 from Paris, left New York to head further north to Toronto to install their new show “Parallel Universe” at the Show and Tell Gallery.

Aside from some travel complications and a smashed shipping crate that damaged some of Logan’s work, the show went well and the art patrons of Toronto had the opportunity to see for themselves the stupendous work of two of the most talented stencil street artists working today.

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The Parisian stencil master takes a moment to reflect ("Self portrait" by C215) (courtesy Show and Tell Gallery)

The two friends were pretty stoked to have a show together.  Their collaborative work was so seamless that a casual observer may not have discerned the difference in styles. While Hicks leans more toward meditations on the geometry and vanishing horizon perspective created by formal architectural convention, C215 easily blends his gentle pathos for the streets and the people who live on them.

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“Chinatown”, by Logan Hicks and C215 (courtesy Show and Tell Gallery)

Mr. Hicks also sent some pics of preparations of the show. Thanks Logan!

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“Parallel Universe”  installation in progress.

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C215 work is on the floor and put in order to be hung.

Logan Hicks work ready to be hang
Back allys, street canyons, and fire in the sky: Logan Hicks work ready to be hung.

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Toronto fans begin to arrive at “Parallel Universe” show at Show and Tell Gallery.

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Logan Hicks and C215 in “Parallel Universe” at Show & Tell (Toronto)

Two Stencil Street Artists known well to Brooklyn are in a Parallel Universe November 6th in Toronto.

Two of the best on the scene today

Two of the best on the scene today

Show & Tell Gallery is proud to welcome world-renowned international stencil artists C215 (Paris) & Logan Hicks (NYC) to their first exhibition in Canada.

The show titled “Parallel Universe” is a unique look at stencil art, a subculture of graffiti that can be traced back over 30 years. Through their medium of choice both artists aim to capture the essence of city life. Logan creates highly detailed renditions of cityscapes, focusing on architecture, alleyways, and scenes that might not be easily recognized as beautiful. C215 on the other hand aims to capture human emotions and feelings through the subjects he chooses to paint, with his focus mainly on homeless, anonymous, and people who are generally rejected by society. The juxtaposition of both artists style is really something special, while they are close friends and work in a common medium their artistic styles vary significantly. “Parallel Universe” marks the first joint show between the pair and will feature several collaborative works as well as pieces that are inspired by one another.

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