As a part of NXNE Art 2014, artists from the Northeast shifted the narrative of Toronto’s streets, creating destinations of beauty. Take a peek at some of the images below and see how Toronto has been transformed…and then go check out the rest on foot! Pictures, as good as they are, just don’t do the art justice. Here’s tour #1.
Producing NXNE Art 2014 was everything we imagined it could be. We created the stage for talented artists from across the North East: Toronto, Montreal, New York, Detroit, to help us transform our perspective on public space with their individual visions for shared spaces and art in public. Not only did the Urban Takeovers of NXNE change the physical surroundings of laneways, alleyways, derelict spaces it shaped an alternative options for urban experience. From well trafficked Yonge-Dundas Square to found spaces on unassuming walls, local and international artists created experiences throughout the city in color, community and interactivity. Through building highly visible, disruptive installations, the pedestrian experience was in places transformed, revitalizing lost space, bringing life to alleyways, and finally, bringing forward public engagement rooted in art. What’s more fun than that? Continue reading article →
Yonge Street Media online took note of NXNE Art 2014 transforming the city of Toronto, “one alley at a time.” The article detailed that art “…is one of the only mediums with the capacity to shift the narrative of a city street, to transform a dark and desolate alley into a destination of beauty, a passageway that not only promotes foot traffic, but also enhances the safety of the entire area…” while noting “that’s exactly what is happening now [with NXNE Art]…throughout the city.” Yonge Street is a weekly online magazine named after the Toronto region’s main street and the spine that ties us altogether with a mission to see the future in what is working well in the Toronto region today.
Global News mentioned the “urban takeovers” happening around the city as a part of NXNE Art, noting how “a number of artists will take over parts of the city. The article stated “NXNE Art will recreate Toronto’s iconic Graffiti Alley between Niagara St. and Tecumseth St. with murals by Toronto and Detroit-based artists.” The article served as a look inside the street art set to span across Toronto, produced by Hermann & Audrey. Global News offers Canadians from coast to coast a host of news and information – from breaking news in their community to deep engaging content that puts complex world issues in perspective.
Notable wrote an article about the NXNE festival, aiming to sum up a few “notable” areas/events to check out during the festival period, mentioning that “it wouldn’t be much of an arts festival without, you know, art.” As a part of NXNE Art, Hermann & Audrey created a set of “urban takeovers” by artists from the North East–many painting on the walls of Graffiti Alley in Toronto. Notable mentioned the alley as “an Instagram picture-worthy place to stop” and check out. The article also directed its readers towards photographer Steve Carty’s Life Cycles exhibit, as well as the NXNE Art Lounge. Notable is the largest online publication and go-to source for young professional adults, with over 1,500,000 monthly Canadian visitors.
View the Vibe noted the top 10 artists to watch for at NXNE 2014 in a recent article. The article funnelled attention towards NXNE Art’s Urban Takeovers: “an amalgamation of local and international artists will transform urban spaces throughout Toronto into their own canvases.” Additionally, Hermann & Audrey’s Life Cycles, an exhibit about bikes and the people who ride them, was mentioned as an “exhibit [that] will resonate with all who revel in the mode of the bicycle.” Furthermore, NXNE Art made the list yet again with Mathew Borrett’s Future Toronto, found in the NXNE Art Lounge. View the Vibe is Toronto’s news, with Toronto restaurants and spas, guides, lists, the best things to do in the city, tastemakers, reviews, galleries, videos.
Quip Mag centred their NXNE focus on NXNE Art, approving of the “thematic efforts around the quiet moments of urban life” as shown through art. The article noted that NXNE Art is sure to “convert some into art appreciators and make quite a few fall back in love with Toronto,” finally adding that “Art lover or not this one is worth a walk through.” Quip Mag is an alternative music and urban culture online magazine.
Broadway World spoke about the NXNE Art program as a part of the NXNE Festival. The article mentioned that NXNE Art would provide “unique art experiences” for everyone, noting that NXNE Art also “showcases these groundbreaking ideas by combining art, technology and civil action.” Broadway World is a premier website for news, reviews, show listings, special offers, message boards and more–the world’s biggest and best theatre site.
Last month, Pow Wow Hawaii 2013 took place in Honolulu for the fourth consecutive year. Bringing together more than 100 artists from all over the world to Hawaii to showcase and celebrate visual arts; making art accessible, and most of all, shine a light to the creativity that exists everywhere. Walls, bins, cars, roofs—anything—can be art, and that is how Honolulu was transformed for that week.
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