TORONTO is not the first city to attempt to scrub graffiti off its walls, but Mayor Rob Ford’s spectacle of personally blasting a wall with a power-washer has become flash point for street artists.
Filmmakers Kelli Kieley and James Gen Meers are producing a feature-length documentary about the battle, as well as a web-series highlighting the various artists pushing back against the city’s new policies.
“Being the idiot that he is, Ford decided to declare war on a bunch of teenagers with paint, and anger behind them.” -Deadboy
Street art has recently gained critical recognition, with prominent gallery installations, as well as a surge in businesses inviting street artists to create art on their buildings.
“I’m not surprised that it’s taking a while to get the public totally in love with it, but it will happen. We’ve never seen an art movement like this.” -Deadboy