But a new wave of environmentally friendly graffiti art has sprouted up on the streets of dozens of urban centres. Using moss as their medium, these living, breathing designs reclaim dead spaces and tear down the divisions between urban and natural landscapes.
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The Power Plant is major point of Toronto pride: a world-class art gallery that offers ambitious exhibits, art talks, and public tours, all completely free of charge. But, as usual, art hit the sidelines for the evening, and the Power Ball focused instead on giving its well-heeled crowd a chance to let loose.
Here are ten of my favourite artists, publications and DIY creators from Commonwealth's inaugural edition.
Fake Injury Party
After graduating from the Sheridan Illustration program, Derrick Guerin, Scott Leeming, and Paul Tjepkema came together to found the Fake Injury Party collective, and have since produced the fabulously titled MAWHORGHAN FAHREEMAN and How the West Was Won't. If you missed Saturday night's sale, copies can also be picked up at the Beguiling.
Read my profile of 2186 Dundas in the galleries section.
Thankfully, Toronto's tight-knit artistic community has found a solution to these problems: the artists collective. By working and exhibiting together, members don't just save on rent: their newfound group also provides them with constant inspiration and input on their work, in addition to greatly broadening their audience.
Toronto has an amazing variety of active artistic collectives, but for this list, we're focusing specifically on those that have their own publicly-accessible studio or gallery spaces.