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April
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posted 15 January 2005 12:55 PM      Profile for April     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It is in today's Montreal Gazette, and can also be read about here.

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Free Roadsworth!
Howdy!

In case you haven't read the Montreal Mirror, we got an ugly situation here, an artist who is going to be having a show here in 2005 is currently facing potential jail time, and/ some very serious charges. He has been charged with 85 counts of public mischief. The officer in charge of the case mentioned that the last person she charged got a fine of $50,000, 300 hours of community service in lieu of jail time, and is prevented from stepping foot on the island of Montreal for 5 years. He had been scratching his name into storefront windows. Not exactly the same thing as what Roadsworth does.


You can see his beautiful street paintings on the site.


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kingblake
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posted 15 January 2005 04:53 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks so much for posting this April. Since leaving Montreal, I haven't really been checking out the Mirror online, but maybe I should.

I love this person's work, though to be honest I never really knew who s/he was, and even whether all of these pieces were by the same person. I sure hope the case falls apart - Christ, I think the city should be paying her to do these!

This one was just a stone's throw from my last apartment:


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posted 15 January 2005 05:27 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If they were on private property, I'd agree with charging him. On public roads I think charging him is -- at best -- a waste of tax money.
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posted 15 January 2005 09:36 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Maybe the artist can work their magic around Montreal's MASSIVE and embarassingly NUMEROUS potholes. It feels like my imagined (stereotypical) view of a third world country driving here.

Anyhoo yeah let's go real easy on white collar criminals like Irving Grundman betraying the public's trust and instead let's charge this 'artist' who brings a little sunshine into our lives.


An example of his work.

Yeah and let's change by-laws to single out individuals like "Spoonman".
(spoons-playing busker Cyrille Esteve is in an ongoing legal scuffle over his right to play in front of Ogilvy's department store)

Sheesh Montreal can be a tad anal at times.

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posted 15 January 2005 09:42 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ordinarily, I'd be getting all indignant about a private citizen appropriating public property for his own self-indulgent purposes.

But those drawings are pretty cool, and so innocuous that I can't imagine how anyone's reaction to them could be anything but a smile.

The best solution would be for the city to hire him and pay him retroactively for what he's done so far.


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posted 15 January 2005 10:27 PM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What the hell is wrong with that stuff??? Montrealers should be happy and proud to have someone doing this stuff. It's not shitty, meaningless grafitti -- it's the work of a skilled artist. I do not understand this prosecution at all. How is it in the public interest to pursue this guy? I think at the bottom of this there may be a certain police officer who is working a little too hard on obtaining a promotion...
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April
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posted 16 January 2005 05:04 PM      Profile for April     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Sheesh Montreal can be a tad anal at times.

No kidding! It's supposed to be a cultural mecca, but its really becoming a gentrification zone in the areas where Roadswoth & the spoonman operate - condos are going up everywhere! I really hope this isn't the beginning of a Giullianiesque scheme to "clean up the city"...


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posted 16 January 2005 09:52 PM      Profile for Ron Webb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The problem is that if you let it go, then how can you deny all the other self-proclaimed "artists" their right to "self-expression"? Who's to decide that this particular defacement of public property is art, but that other stuff is graffiti?

I hope that he's given an conditional discharge, but I do think he needs to be told to stop.
Pavement markings serve important functions in controlling traffic. Obscuring or "decorating" them with other fanciful drawings is just asking for trouble.


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posted 16 January 2005 10:03 PM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Maybe he could be given a commission to do his work in selected areas, on non-crucial parts of the streetscape? Not all of his work centred on traffic control markings.
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April
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posted 18 January 2005 11:47 AM      Profile for April     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
The problem is that if you let it go, then how can you deny all the other self-proclaimed "artists" their right to "self-expression"? Who's to decide that this particular defacement of public property is art, but that other stuff is graffiti?

I think a lot graffiti is art, especially when compared to all the visual spam in our city - billboards (and billboard trucks!), advertisements, corporate logos on buildings, etc. Who's to decide that these particular corporate defacements of public property is valued, but that other (artist-created) stuff is "graffiti"? I have nothing against graffiti, and therefore nothing against Roadsworth's art.


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posted 19 January 2005 02:04 AM      Profile for angrymonkey     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I think a lot graffiti is art, especially when compared to all the visual spam in our city - billboards (and billboard trucks!), advertisements, corporate logos on buildings, etc. I have nothing against graffiti, and therefore nothing against Roadsworth's art.

I totally agree. It doesn't seem like he's obstructing road markings at all.

It's disturbing that people want to stamp this out.


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Fidel
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posted 19 January 2005 02:33 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
According to a study of fascism's 14 defining characteristics by political scientist, Lawrence Britt, intolerance for the arts is number 11, inbetween suppressing labour power and obsessing over crime and punishment.

Neo-fascism in America ....and Canada, too


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