Crunch City

CreateSpace Public Art Forum 2022

An artistic response to the 2022 CreateSpace Public Art Forum, a national forum virtually convening participants who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural and/or youth with disabilities and between the ages of 18-25. Participants were presented with online talks themed around public art practices, studio tours by artist facilitators, a Keynote Event by artist Lori Blondeau, and opportunities to engage with fellow peers to inspire their final creations.

Project at a Glance

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Artist: CRUNCH (Dion Thorne)

Year: 2022

Program: Artist Capacity Building

45

CreateSpace participants

10

artist facilitators

1

keynote speaker

Artist Statement

The artwork, “Crunch City” was inspired by a couple of art pieces that I had made in the past as well as by the movie “Into the Spiderverse”. It is a silly, fun futuristic imagining of all my art being on every wall in the city in colourful, stylized graffiti. 

About the Artist

CRUNCH (Dion Thorne)

CRUNCH (Dion Thorne)

CRUNCH is a Toronto based Abstract artist who has been honing his skills in all forms of visual arts for most of his life. Originally a sketch and concept artist, Dion blends his love of concept art with his thoughts of the injustice of racism and the resulting cruelty, to send a message through his art. Dion’s evolution into the abstract has allowed him to expand and introduce ideas and elements to his range of work to convey certain topics even further. His use of black figures in his artwork allows Dion to challenge his boundaries of the abstract – utilizing questionable thoughts to tell stories and send a message which explores the depths of colour, distortion, competition, and preceptive.

@crunchojack

 

CreateSpace Public Art Forum

STEPS Public Art believes public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space. In support of this important work, we facilitate artist capacity building programs that foster inclusive public art practices, build the capacity of underrepresented artists, and demonstrate how public art can help reimagine equitably designed cities.

CreateSpace Public Art Forum is a digital forum that virtually convenes participants who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural and/or youth with disabilities and between the ages of 18-25. This forum fosters connections, builds understanding across geographies and cultures, as well as provide emerging equity-seeking artists with the skills, relationships and support needed to develop public art practices. Visit the online gallery to view all artistic responses by the 2022 forum participants.

CreateSpace Public Art Forum is supported by Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts and CIBC.

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