ROADSWORTH IN CONVERSATION WITH R.M. VAUGHAN

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 7:30pm
The Gladstone Hotel, Ball Room, 1214 Queen St. W
ROADSWORTH IN CONVERSATION WITH R.M. VAUGHAN

ROADSWORTH IN CONVERSATION WITH R.M. VAUGHAN AT “ROADSWORTH” BOOK LAUNCH 

Globe and Mail art critic R.M. Vaughan interviews internationally renowned street artist Roadsworth about his self-titled book. Watch a slideshow of Roadsworth’s work and a screening of excerpts from the documentary Roadsworth: Crossing the Line.

Wednesday September 28th, 2011 
The Gladstone Hotel, Ball Room, 1214 Queen Street West
Doors open at 7:00; Event starts at 7:30 
Admission is $5 or free with the purchase of a book

ABOUT THE BOOK ROADSWORTH:
Published by Goose Lane Editions, text by Roadsworth and Bethany Gibson with a foreword by Scott Burnham.  In October 2001, paint was spilled on the streets of Montreal. A stark, primitive bike symbol, looking suspiciously like the one the city used to designate a bike path; a giant zipper, pulled open down the centre line of the street on a busy commuter route; the footprint of a giant, stomping through the city while people slept.

Inspired by a desire for adventure and galvanized by a loathing of car culture, Roadsworth got down with an idea that had been incubating. The time had come for him to articulate his artistic vision, to challenge the notion of "public" space and whose right it is to use it.

By 2004, Roadsworth had pulled off close to 300 pieces of urban art on the streets of Montreal. In the fall, he was charged with 51 counts of public mischief. It seemed to signal the end of his career. Instead the citizens of Montreal and lovers of his work from around the world rallied their support. A year later he was let off with a slap on the wrist.

Since then, Roadsworth has developed as an artist, continuing to intervene in public spaces and to travel the world, executing commissioned work for organizations such as Cirque de Soleil, The Lost O (cycled over in le tour de France), and for municipalities, exhibitions, and arts festivals. 

In this playful and sometimes subversive book, featuring more than 450 reproductions of his unmistakable work, Roadsworth takes the urban landscape and turns its constituent elements on their heads, both indicting our culture's excesses and celebrating what makes us human (lest we forget). For more information on the book, visit www.gooselane.com

ABOUT THE ARTIST ROADSWORTH:
Roadsworth began painting the streets of Montreal in the fall of 2001. Initially motivated by a desire for more bike paths in the city and a questioning of "car culture" in general, he continued to develop a language around street markings and other elements of the urban landscape using a primarily stencil based technique. Since that time, Roadsworth has received various commissions for his work and continues to be active in both visual art and music.  Visit Roadsworth’s website at www.roadsworth.com

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Publisher Contact: Michael Stacey, Publicity & Promotions
Goose Lane Editions, Toll-free 1.888.926.8377, credekop@gooselane.com

This Is Not A Reading Series: Anna Withrow, phone: 416-805-2174, awithrow@rogers.com