Make Art Not War

More art from Toronto’s Graffiti Alley’s artists’ peaceful protest.

The straw that broke the camel’s back.

I believe this black panther is by Nick Sweetman.

There is LOTS of writing in the alley. I couldn’t capture it all. Sometimes the lane was too, narrow. Also, there was a portrait of MLK JR. coming up & I was running out of battery.

James Baldwin – “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Smaller bits from the alley.

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Pics taken by Resa – June 15, 2020

Toronto, Canada

Some of the artists:

I can’t breathe

Intermissions

I find this piece beyond interesting. I found it in an alley, twice.

The first time was on May 6, 2020. There were no leaves on the trees, it was sunny and the bare branches’ shadows made a veil on her face.

The next time was June 8, 2020. The leaves had grown in on the trees, and the sun was in a different position. The shadows made a lacy frame.

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Pics taken by Resa – May 6 & June 8, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Paste-Up Power

On my walk to Graffiti Alley, I spotted this beauteous paste-up in a window.

Pasted on the inside, you can see the glue around the edges.

I adore all of the rich details.

Lo and behold, there was the beauty, again, in Graffiti Alley. I had just finished shooting what I posted yesterday.

Again, pasted-up, this time on what seems a mud cloth pattern.

There’s more art along this wall, but I’m skipping to the end of the alley. I make a  right turn, into a scaffold tunnel. It’s mostly filled with writing, and there’s not enough space to back up and photo each piece.

In this narrow tunnel, I find the beauty, again. However, this time it’s a totally new version of the paste-up.

I squished in some angled shots, as there was no room to back up for a dead on.

The details are fantastic.

Pics taken by Resa – June 15, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Artists Paint Graffiti Alley in Support – #Black Lives Matter

 Someone painted George Floyd. Someone painted Jamal Francique. Someone painted Zianna Oliphant. Many painted “I can’t breathe”. I wanted to start this series with a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. In the end I decided  to reveal my experience from the beginning, as I discovered this multitude of art and messages.

I entered Graffiti Alley from the west end. I was greeted by a mural of Malcom X.

“You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.”

After having basked in this fabulous mural for a long time, I head east into the alley.

“Breonna Taylor – Say Her Name”

This is Part One (There’s just way too, much for 1 post!)

Pics taken by Resa – June 15, 2020

Toronto,Canada

Malcolm X Artist:

Back in the Alleys

All the BGF’s & dog have been cooped up.

We stayed home.

Some restrictions have been lifted, under certain conditions.

Happy to say, I am back in action in my beloved alleys, and observing conditions.

Pics taken by Resa,  May 19 – 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Prince Paste-Up

I don’t find a lot of paste-ups any more. However, in this time of Covid, the paste and run mentality makes total sense.

I adore Prince, and was beyond thrilled to find this.

It’s brilliantly pasted over a throw-up. I loathe throw-ups.

My fave Prince song, and one of my fave vids….ever!

Pics taken by Resa – May 19, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The artist is unknown ❤

I’d love to see your fave Prince song/vid. Please post the link & not the actual video in your comment. A Frank Angle taught me that… so my browser won’t crash.

You enter the link, but add 1 character after the link. It will come out a link, and not a vid! Don’t worry if you didn’t get it right. I’ll make it right! Love & Peace!