ArtStars* is the TMZ of the Toronto art scene, in the good way, making easily digestible videos about the not-so-easily-digestible. Torontoist brings you one new ArtStars* episode (more or less) every week—with the warning that we don’t necessarily approve of their bad behaviour.
No heavy news here, honey—just sweet syrup and sugar.
We managed to arrange an interview with famed “ROM Bomb” artist Thorarinn Ingi Jonsson in Iceland on our way to Finland, even if only to gift him.
You might remember him from 2007, as the Ontario College of Art and Design student caught up in mischief charges for a fake bomb he planted in front of the Royal Ontario Museum during an AIDS fundraiser.
We wanted to give him a big kiss from Toronto to congratulate him for graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts this spring with a series of sculptures that have a whiff of how Toronto treated him. And for continuing his studies this fall in Prague—after all, he is an artist, not a criminal.
Adios, Toronto. It’s been a gas. But we’re off to uncover the Seven Unsolved Mysteries of the Art World, one country, one art scene at a time. This officially kicks off the ArtStars* Odyssey. And whenever we encounter a Toronto ex-pat, we promise to be the first to call home.