This is Free Agency
It’s official- Eric Rieger wins for the most passionate. Out there on his own level of ambition, he’ll even trade time in the big house for a chance to create. Under the pseudonym HOTTEA, Rieger runs the streets, threading inspiration in the most unexpected places. He calls it art for survival. We approve.
They say you can tell a lot from a person’s handwriting. When rigid curvilinears and street art collide, you know there’s much to say about the men behind the scrawl. On a mission to revive the unrevivable, the four men behind the Montréal collective Garbage Beauty are bringing things outdoors. Their process as spontaneous as their punch lines, this is purpose driven T crossing and I dotting. Curbside throwaways personified, a broken down door asks, “do you have the key?”. Beside it a reject mirror gets cheeky, complimenting onlookers, “you look great when you smile.”
Free friends. Not pictured: our human friend @andrewknapp. #foundmomo
Throwback to when we spent the day with @robdyers4c and @keithdungeon. #BrilliantWorks.
Flashback: day one. #thisisfreeagency
Mist + mirrors. A #brilliantworks collaboration with @tangibleint + @booooooom.
Barnéy Baker thinks his job is pretty square, but we’d have to disagree. For starters Barnéy isn’t even the guy’s real name, just a temporary nom de (digital) plume.
With arms outstretched, artist Justin Broadbent and Rob Dyer of skate4cancer bring their creative spirits to Toronto’s Trinity Bellwood’s Park. Offering their warmest welcome with aerosol paint and astro turf the two set out to create a giant welcome mat a the base of the city’s favourite green space. Next comes spray paint on top of spray paint on top of spray paint. And don’t forget the dogs. After all as the saying goes: home is where the giant welcome mat is. Am I right? I’m right.
It all starts with the drums. Next come the simultaneous hair flips. In the zone. 90 minutes. It’s musical duo Kisette on deck. Like a true DJ troupe they nerd out on the tech stuff, calming programming synths is “really really fun”. Are you even surprised that they made our Girl Guide list? Between the dance moves and the style vibes they’ve got the chemistry only sisters have, easy peesey. As Sandra puts it: when there’s so much passion in what you do, there’s no room for arguing.
For this Brazilian wonder, things flow in a smooth way. Other times, they don’t flow at all. It’s true- Bruno Novelli makes the kind of art that stops time. On a typical day metalinguistics, shamanism, and psychedelic brews are all topics of discussion. Currently his mind is occupied by the ideas of Bergson resulting in the pictorial representation of “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together”. It’s altered states of consciousness by way of paint and canvas.
She’s a 90s Winona Ryder with a modern eye. Add vintage textiles to the mix and Jackie Lee Young is changing the portraiture game, one roll of 35mm film at a time. Chasing storms in White Sand, New Mexico her workdays are nothing short of a great adventure. Be it through photo books about Hawaii or driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, this Texan knows that exploring is all part of the photographic process. Over anecdotes she reminds us that even a family trip is an opportunity to create. It’s what made her my Instagram favourite. In a world of mobile shooters, Jackie Lee Yong keeps it analogue. Sometimes digital, Always nostalgic.
When challenged with thousands of square feet of gallery space to fill, Bryan Espiritu quit his day job. Turning hurdles grand and grueling into something to covet, the legend behind the league counts a clothing empire, creative agency, and written compilations as his bounty. He’s a can’t-stop creator, that’s for sure. When heart and hustle come into play, accomplishments are measured in forever-and-a-halfs. A polymath by way of permanent marker drips, Espiritu showed MTV Originals a glimpse into the major league.
When it comes to Adi Goodrich, the stars just don’t cut it. Instead, this dreamer of brightly coloured dreams shoots for the moon. Whether her motives involve cats, well that’s another story, but one thing’s for sure: this girl can really origami with the best of ‘em. Set designer, creative director, all around boss, she’ll have you believing the true mark of a hustler is a Pantone swatch book. Between lighting footwear on fire for Native shoes and constructing fake household items (you know, the usual) the LA-based creator walked us through the tools she uses to make the magic happen. Including, but not limited to, espresso.
The follow no rules spirit of the Internet goes real time when two digital doers take Kensington Market. Together LaurDIY and Dori The Giant call the shots- leave no denim jacket behind. Simply resize, rasterize and when the online and offline collide, right click for reality. In their 8-bit lives a 2D tomato isn’t such an out of this world idea. Make no mistake, there’s no ctrl + alt +delete IRL, But when you’re as focused as theses two, who needs it?
How’s the view from up here? It’s infinite and inspiring, because the way Elie sees it, this city is made for exploring. A new age creator whose POV is unlike the rest - from out in front, from up above, his strategy is simple. You’ve got to create faster than they can copy, let your standards expand with your horizons. After all, it’s only natural your standards are high when you’re so far up. At such great heights, Ellie’s got social media savant that’s killing the game slowly. On top of the city looking low, this is a next level stare down. Hold tight.