Wednesday, September 23, 2009

painted colours

Near my house there is an alley behind Bloor Street that faces the subway tracks where they come above ground between Dundas West and Keele. It is COVERED in graffiti - a lot of really elaborate painterly compositions, simple tags, and everything in between. It's like a drive-through art gallery for the people looking out the window of the subway. I took a walk back there the other day and got sucked in to all of that colour. I didn't think I would take so many pictures - I find a lot of graffiti kind of tacky, and it can be a pretty cliche subject to photograph, but maybe it's all in the perspective and framing of the images? Mostly I focused on little details and juxtapositions of the graphic colours with the wild urban nature - that's where the beauty was for me.


  1. Hi Carly! I found your blog through fieldguided's post. So funny, I was just telling my husband yesterday about the time we saw the Walkmen at that bar on College street (like 8 years ago!). I'm glad to see you are doing so well - your paintings are simply beautiful. Are they on display anywhere right now? Hopefully I'll be able to see them in person at your next show.
    Take care,
    Erin R.

  2. Hey Erin! What a nice surprise. It's great to hear from you. Wow, that concert seems like a million years ago. I've got nothing on display right now, but as soon as something comes up, I'll definitely post about it here. Hope to see you around sometime.