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Steve "Kid" Lew Mural at Downtown Markham

Steve Lew in the process of completing his monumental mural in Downtown Markham.

One of the brightest faces on the street art scene is Steve “Kid” Lew, better known as simply Kid Lew on the streets of New York City and elsewhere around the country but most recently on Enterprise Boulevard in the new urban complex known as Downtown Markham, where he has painted a colossal and incredibly colorful 40’x50’ mural on the northeast corner of the Remington Contemporary  Art Gallery.

 

This remarkable artwork, easily the largest spray can painting in the greater Toronto area, is clearly visible from miles away and can be easily seen by thousands of people everyday as they pass by on Highway 407. Its colorful animated characters delight people of all ages. It is the most cheerful, uplifting façade in Downtown Markham and a welcome addition to the Remington collection of Contemporary art.

 

 

A triumphant Steve Lew stands in front of his newly completed mural at Downtown Markham. Photograph by Shelley M. Shier

THE PRIDE OF CANADA CAROUSEL LAUNCH

 

Broadway Bound has been working closely with The Remington Group, one of Canada’s foremost real estate developers, since 2009 to create a culturally enriching fine art experience in Remington’s Downtown Markham, North America’s newest and largest mixed-use, LEED registered, development.

 

On July 1, 2016, Canada Day, the awe inspiring Pride of Canada Carousel was formally opened to an eager public in Markham, Ontario. It began spinning, offering joy rides on a menagerie of iconic Canadian creatures to thousands of smiling children and adults of all ages.

 

 

The Pride of Canada Carousel is the signature piece of the Remington Contemporary Art Collection and features 120 sculptures created just for this eco-friendly masterpiece that celebrate Canadian culture, geography, and history in a uniquely fun and interactive fashion. The unabashed joy in the faces of Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Christopher Bratty, the developer of Downtown Markham; the artists who sculpted, painted and built the carousel, Patrick Amiot, Brigitte Laurent and Daniel Horenberger; and Shelley Shier, who produced the project and shepherded it through to a glorious conclusion were awe inspiring and their excitement was captured in front-page headlines and photographs in the Toronto Star and the Markham Economist & Sun.

 

 

Chris Bratty of the Remington Group and Mayor Frank Scarpitti appear to defy gravity as they jump for joy for the new Pride of Canada Carousel. Photo by Steve Somerville

The Pride Of Canada Carousel was created by the Canadian born sculptor Patrick Amiot, beautifully painted by his wife Brigitte Laurent and built by the legendary Daniel Horenberger. Some of Horenberger’s notable carousels include Disney’s King Arthur carousel and General Electric’s solar powered carousel. "

 

The Pride of Canada pays tribute to Canada’s most celebrated wonders and iconic treasures. As envisioned by Amiot and Laurent, the sculptural characters have been lovingly built from recycled and repurposed objects. Amiot is certain the sculptures made from these objects will enrich the lives of all who experience them. "

 

Patrick has said:

 

The whole purpose of my work is to glorify these objects, because they have their own spirit. When a hubcap has traveled on a truck for millions of miles, and has seen the prairies in the winter and the hot summer asphalt, when it's done traveling with that truck and finds itself in the scrap yard and I find it, I kind of like to use that. This hubcap, or whatever piece of metal, from the day it was manufactured until now, has an important history. And I like to think the spirit of all these things lived incredible lives. If they could talk to you, they could tell amazing stories. That's something I don't want to hide.

 

The carousel is housed in a beautiful open glass pavilion designed by the acclaimed architect, Sheldon Levitt of Quadrangle, Architects, Ltd. The inspired design of the enclosure will allow visitors of all ages to celebrate Canada’s changing seasons throughout the year."

 

Installation of The Pride of Canada Carousel in Downtown Markham, May 2016

THE REMINGTON CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY

This new Contemporary public Art gallery opens with an homage to Alice in Wonderland called Sweet Dreams, a fine art adventure. The show offers the public, exciting multi-media presentations from the perspective of Alice, after she eats one of Gregory Skolozdra’s illuminated purple mushroom sculptures. All observers are treated to the larger than life sculptures and paintings as experienced by an extremely happy Alice. You may even see the Mad Hatter in Nick Walkers ‘Polychromatic Beams’ mural on your way to the XCIA underground street art presentation on level 2 of the gallery.

ART ZOO & TOTEM POLE

The Downtown Markham Contemporary Art Zoo is a culturally enriching alternative to a conventional zoo by presenting environmentally friendly animals created by the Canadian sculptor, Michel Beaudry at his studio in Val-David, Quebec. Beaudry’s animal sculptures are whimsical and realistic, they are also cage free and reflect the artist’s ecological perspective of man’s relationship with nature.

 

 

Kevin Kelly is a US sculptor based in Brooklyn, New York who works in metal and wood, creating sculptures that are not only aesthetically pleasing but environmentally friendly and often practical as well. With a tip of his hat to Constatin Brancusi’s iconic Endless Column, Kevin has created a monumental 21st Century Totem Pole called DodecaCaryatid, for Downtown Markham.

UNDERGROUND ART (LEVEL 2)

Hank O’Neal's highly acclaimed, ‘XCIA Street Art’ photos received an enormous amount of acclaim when they were presented at the amfAR, charity auction in Cannes in 2011. The photos were also exhibited in Moscow, Paris, London, Milan, NY and Toronto. . This is the first time his street art photos are featured in a parking garage, a place where it makes perfect sense. The garage is no ordinary garage but it is a continuation of the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery level 2. The outdoor mural 34 E 12’St  is the only documented collaboration between Richard Hambleton and Jean Michel Basquiat.

 

Andy Warhol Art Installation at the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery

On the second level of the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery is a long rectangular space that had glaring white walls.  I remembered a picture Hank O’Neal had created for an exhibition I curated in 2005 that featured his hand colored portraits of Andy Warhol from photographs he’d taken of Andy many years earlier at The Factory.  I asked him if he felt his pictures could be enlarged to fill this entire space. I knew Hank was experimenting with enlarging his images digitally and owing to the fact that Warhol was a pioneer in that field I thought it was a natural fit for the space.

THE BACK STORY

 

 

Notes by Hank O’Neal

 

In late 1984 Allen Ginsberg told me a man named Jerry Aronson was in the process of making a documentary film about his life and times. In January 1985, Jerry was scheduled to conduct an interview with Andy Warhol about his relationship with Allen and to offer any pertinent observations he might care to make about the noted poet. Allen asked if I could take a portrait of Andy Warhol that might be used as a still in the film. A few weeks later Jerry called and asked as well.

 

 

 

The interview was scheduled for January 15, 1985, at Andy Warhol’s last and final factory, the studio where he created his artwork, located at 22 East 33rd Street. I arrived with the crew and we set up in one of the rooms that made up Andy’s studio complex. There were pictures and works in progress scattered about on the floor and people were working on them.

 

Andy finally appeared, wearing a black turtleneck sweater, ordinary pants, his silver fright wig and a baseball cap. He sat down in a straight back chair, the lights came on, the cameras rolled, Jerry asked his questions and Andy answered them. Or at least he kind of answered them. I took pictures from various angles, close ups, medium shots and a couple of interiors. At the end of the shoot, he held still for a couple of really ordinary portraits.

 

I developed my film and had a number of photographs from which to choose but the more I looked at them the more I thought I wanted to play with the almost expressionless portraits I had taken and so I did. I chose the three or four that seemed the most bland and began to color them with transparent water colors, red, yellow and blue. I mixed up the colors and mixed up the pictures. I must have done about 120 small 4” x 4” square photographs.

 

I then assembled the photographs by hand and mounted them as a ten by ten square grid on illustration board. I was essentially doing what Andy had been doing for so many years but I was doing it with his face, in the primary colors he used with such success. Later I made some double and triple and quadruple exposures of my favorite portrait, but only in black and white. Then I began to play with them in other ways.

 

In 2005 I began to rethink these photographs for an exhibition in New York City. Computer technology made the difference and I was able to refine the images. I could make the pictures any size I wanted. Later I experimented with prints on canvas, smaller at first and then as large as 52” x 52”.

 

The latest Andy pictures were done in the summer of 2015, when 42 large prints were created to become a permanent installation on the second level of the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery, a three level public art exhibition space that has become the artistic and visual cornerstone of Downtown Markham, a new cultural center in the greater Toronto area.  In addition to the 42 large prints on vinyl, an oversized 52” x 52” Double Andy on canvas is displayed in the same location.

 

Andy Warhol at the Factory, 22 East 33rd Street, NYC, January 15, 1985

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