Runt

April 23rd – April 25th, 2021.

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​Canadian artist Al "Runt" Currie will occupy the space of la_cápsula.

Come get immersed in his colorful universe!

About the Artist:

Al “Runt” Currie has been an iconic figure on the Canadian art scene for over 30 years, with impressive works displayed both at home and internationally. His works are vibrant, colourful, full of life and imagination, and accessible by people of all ages. His various works include Bloor Street’s Lee’s Palace Façade, Calgary's Bump Festival and the Electric Mud’s large-scale murals, and various commissions for national and international clients. Most recently, Runt was selected as the artistic lead for the International Fortune 500 event held in Toronto, Canada, where he completed numerous art works including a 40-foot mural for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his audience comprised of international industry titans, policy and thought leaders. Now based in Switzerland, Runt is continuing his unique style of art in this cosmopolitan centre.

What Critics Have Said…:

“Enter the world of Runt. At once familiar and unfamiliar, his works are of this world but definitely not of this world. Informed by a wide range of influences from Hieronymus Bosch to Dr. Seuss, Runt’s work embodies a love and critique of humanity as his monster scene-scapes play out in front of the viewer’s eyes. If one could press “play” on any of his scenes and advance them, the scenes would look entirely different. Runt’s characters capture the joy and aggression of our urban existence. But the beauty in Runt’s works is that they don't judge, they simply present. Known for his large murals, Runt’s art is found in many private collections. Runt’s passionate adventure has turned into a career as one of Canada’s singular visionaries, on par with other 80s icons such as Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.”

“Runt” Documentary, Director: Augusto Monk, featured at TIFF (2015)

“This documentary film, directed by Argentina’s Augusto Monk, focuses on the work and career of the iconic Torontonian artist “RUNT” (Alex Currie). The film centers on the making of RUNT's Electric Mud mural on Queen West, and showcases his most significant murals in town, including interviews with the artist, art critics, residents and collectors of his canvases. The film includes a review of his 30-year-long career, his place in contemporary Canadian art and the impact of his work on the local audience.”

Release: Toronto Independent Film Festival, 2015; Director: Augusto Monk; https://vimeo.com/114130794