Canoe Art: Ingrained in our Culture

It’s the time of year when it’s not unusual to see a canoe atop a car in workplace parking lots , this being the start of the full-throttle tripping season in Canada. The protected routes through famed Algonquin Park alone carry nearly a million paddlers a year.  In […]

Henry Ford’s eerie Amazon ghost town

The audacious Henry Ford, then the richest man in the world, built an American town in the middle of the Amazon in 1928 that was supposed to be a rubber plantation for his tires and car parts.  It was a 10,000-square-kilometre disaster, despite the cute houses, square dances […]

Panik & The ATG Gang in New York

Panik (Jack Murray) and other members of the famed British graffiti writers’ group ATG take their art to gallery walls in an exhibition called Silverlink at Klughaus  in New York. If you follow street art, you’re probably familiar with both ATG (Ahead’a The Game) and Silverlink, former name […]

Charming Soap Doll Story

Hayelin Choi created this detailed story to the music of Soap Doll, by the Korean group Carnival.  The candy pop tempo matches the lovely pace of her tale.   (Listen to the music on video, end of this post) Choi is a junior in illustration at the School […]

Magdolene Dykstra’s Burdened Figures

Magdolene Dykstra’s ceramic figures have captured considerable attention as this artist’s craft has matured. Recently returned from a year-long residency in the U.K., she explores the conflict between hope and despair. Her childishly proportioned figures, often disturbing, bear the burdens of life’s griefs. (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition / […]

Henrique Oliveira: Room-Filling Amazement

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira creates masterful (some say evolutionary) sculptural installations from scrap, pliable wood collected from construction sites in his native city of São Paulo. The huge structures combine the disciplines of painting, sculpture, and architecture, with broken pieces of plywood set in layers like brushstrokes. (Above: […]