By STEVEN DAVEY
Having lived near the AGO and OCAD for years, I run into so many puzzling objets d’art in the street — a single discarded stiletto in the gutter, say, photo-copies of Val Kilmer’s face, books nailed to telephone bowls as artistic statements — that they don’t even register anymore.
The other day, I spotted this gem. Then, I remembered that the art students are back in class.
Some prankster has taken random digital photographs of graffiti-clad doorways in the neighbourhood and made life-sized colour Xeroxes of them. They then returned to the scene of the art crime and glued the realistic reproduction over the original. So, you get a realistic-looking photocopy of a wall with squiggly lines on top of a wall with squiggly lines, the fake perfectly lined-up with reality.
We’re not finished, folks. A few weeks later, after these faux posters had been partially ripped from their walls by the wnd or angry property owners, this guerilla artist came back and glued a second copy of the photo on top of the other. O, quel geste!
My head spins just describing this. See for yourself: