Will Munro: Total Eclipse
July 31 – September 26, 2010
Will Munro (1975–2010)
It would be a challenge to find someone else who inhabited this city as fully as Will Munro. He was an artist, organizer, activist, deejay, promoter and restaurant owner, and he made no distinction between these roles. They were all creative functions through which he made important contributions to the cultural life of Toronto.
The artworks gathered here demonstrate Munro’s passion for music and performance; they also reveal his interest in do-it-yourself techniques and popular culture. By using hand-stitching and silk-screening to interpret celebrity portraits and band symbols, Munro created personalized tributes to his heroes, whether they were icons of the punk, disco, new wave or underground performance scenes. In his visual artwork, as in all of his other activities, Munro brought together seemingly disparate individuals in a unified expression of creativity and community.
About the artist:
Will Munro was born in 1975, and spent his childhood and teenage years in Mississauga. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he studied sculpture and installation. In 1999, he founded Vazaleen, a now legendary series of dance parties. In 2006, he and Lynn MacNeil purchased the Beaver Café, a hub of artistic, musical and social activity at Queen Street West and Gladstone Avenue in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. Munro’s visual artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at numerous venues including Art in General, New York; Mercer Union, Toronto; Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; and Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.
July 23, 2010. Provocative artist. Community builder. Deejay. Restaurateur. Activist. Inimitable party-thrower. Will Munro was all of these things and much more to many Torontonians, and the AGO is celebrating his life and work in the newest installment of the Gallery’s Toronto Now series.