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Vandalist: Unlikely Friends

Made by unlikely collaborators.

unlikely chums

BY: Unknown
LOCATION: West Toronto Railpath
PHOTO BY: Mark Beauchamp
FIELD NOTES: Years ago a good friend was getting her kitchen redone. Knowing that her counters would soon be no more she bought an armful of markers and invited her creative friends over to turn her kitchen into an art extravaganza. With the knowledge that it was temporary and the freedom to do whatever we wanted, we ended up creating wonderfully hilarious, absurd, beautiful, and heartfelt drawings that would never have happened under more formal circumstances. That combination of non-permanence and complete artistic freedom plays a huge role in the strange beauty of graffiti art. Unlikely and frequently accidental collaborators come together, and what they create could almost certainly not be reproduced in any other art setting.

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  • xRTGx

    Gas mask person isn’t even there anymore. It’s been painted over since this photo was taken.

    • Stephanie Avery

      And the collective collaboration continues.

  • Roy Schulze

    The whole panel was painted over a few weeks ago, but the artist responsible for the graffito on the left has already reasserted himself. It should be noted that the entire WTR is like a graffiti gallery, but especially the stretch south of Wallace Avenue where they’re building a new GO platform and obligingly erected an acre or so of blank plywood fence.