“I’m sorry, it seemed like a good idea at the time.”
—The thief or thieves who made off with a statue from the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, in a note they left when it was returned. Timothy Schmalz’s Whatsoever You Do, which depicts a begging Jesus, went missing on November 30—but at some point in the early hours of December 5, the work was restored to its proper place. Reverend Maggie Helwig thinks she might know why someone would be drawn to this particular statue: Jesus the Homeless, another statue by the same sculptor, was recently blessed by Pope Francis. And what better way to honour the Pope than to steal statues from churches?
Unless you’re artist Viktor Mitic, you don’t usually equate discharging a semi-automatic Ruger SR22 rifle with portraiture painting. But in preparation for his upcoming solo exhibition, POINT BLANK – Art Or War at De Luca Fine Art Gallery, the controversial artist took aim at a likeness of his worship, Mayor Ford, in a farmer’s field outside Toronto.
Mayor Rob Ford denied today that there’s any truth to the new allegations arising out of the remaining portions of a 472-page police document released December 4. The newly revealed sections, which detail information about investigations related to the mayor, have added fuel to the Ford fire by adding at least one word to the Ford-scandal lexicon (“hezza,” slang for heroin), and raising troubling questions about blackmail, kidnapping, and drug activity.