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Saturday, June 23, 2012

AGO Next members enjoyed tours of graffiti and street art by artists Sean Martindale, Victor North, and Pascal Paquette.

More about our guides:

Sean Martindale is an interdisciplinary artist and designer currently based in Toronto. His interventions activate public and semi-public spaces to encourage engagement, often focused on ecological and social issues. His playful works question and suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in the urban environment. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction.

Victor North is a multi-disciplinary artist who is currently working primarily in the medium of beer. He finds this work rewarding for how it playfully contextualizes the inherent transience of any artwork, the strange thirst for consumption of all cultural artifacts, and the occasional hangovers from overindulgence.

Pascal Paquette is a Toronto-based artist. His practice places him literally and metaphorically outside and inside the mainstream art world by combining alternative practices of graffiti writing and street art with contemporary painting and site-specific or geographically dependent installations. He has spent the last decade traversing the contemporary art scene, while learning and expanding on his graffiti writing practice under the pseudonym Mon Petit Chou.

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