headed to the opening of Anser’s new show, Surface Salvaged, at # Hashtag Gallery on February 11. Twenty minutes after opening, it’s already packed. Art buyers mingle with artists, critics and a mass of excited young fans. It’s a little overwhelming.
An installation of bricks bearing the artist’s signature graffiti face, Mysterious Date, hangs in the window. The graffiti bomb is one that Anser has painted on walls around the globe, from Shanghai to Montreal, New York and Berlin. It’s one of a number of pieces incorporating materials recovered from demolition sites and abandoned factories across the GTA.
I catch up with Anser by telephone a few days later, the pseudonymous artist calling from an undisclosed location. Here are some highlights from our conversation.