Urban art is a mainstay on the streets of Montreal, adding color and design to even the dullest walls. A new art gallery wants to channel this style by recovering used clothing and other salvaged materials. The Original on Saint-Denis in the Plateau opens on June 3 with a meeting project between urban artists and upcycling. Not only can you see works by some of the hottest local street artists and muralists, but you can also get your hands on some unique clothing they’ve painted.
In fact, The Original aims to be the only permanent venue in town dedicated to “live” street art culture in Montreal.
Steps from the Mont-Royal metro station, the art gallery will display works by famous local artists whose murals can be seen on walls around the city, including Monk.E, Mastrocola, Kevin Ledo, Charles Paradis , Chloe Sabourin, Mistake Project , Tina Cartier and Nicholas Craig.
If you like what you see, you can order custom-painted clothing, shoes, furniture, or other pieces by one of these artists, through The Original’s website. Much like getting a tattoo, you send photos or sketches of whatever you want to the artist of your choice – the less detail you give, the more creative freedom they have. You can always get free expert advice from a designer before placing an order. Each work is signed and authenticated at the end, so you will receive a gallery-stamped and artist-signed certificate with your personalized piece.
Of course, if you’d rather have the thrill of seeing your chosen object painted before your very eyes, The Original has a stacked list of artists in residence who will be happy to oblige. Among them, Nick Bodoin, Mephisto Bates, Cédric Taillon, Timoh Garcia, Benny Wilding and Pascal Foisy,
When the gallery opens on June 3, they’ll be on hand and ready to recycle bags, jackets, or just paint a canvas. Other original pre-painted items will also be on sale.
The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. There will be live music by DJs Mojo and La Pingouinerie, which turns into a dance party after 10 p.m. Tickets are required to reserve your place.
The Original Vernissage
When: June 3
Where: 4455 rue Saint-Denis
Tickets: Early Bird $15, Gate $20