Bloor West Villager
Junction-based artist-filmmaker-designer Joel Richardson is adding yet another medium to his ever growing list of creations: clothing.
Richardson, who grabbed headlines when his mural was erased from the Dupont Street underpass by the City of Toronto’s anti-graffiti task force last year, is launching his latest project, a limited edition line of clothing, Thursday, Nov. 29.
He is teaming up with Queen Street West’s Green Shag Bespoke Clothier, which specializes in dressing “the urban man” in tailored bespoke suits, shirts and accessories, and Sistering, an Ossington Avenue and Bloor Street West-area women’s agency.
In addition to clothing, Richardson will debut at Green Shag paintings based on his recent performance art, The Secret Suitman Project/Projekt.
In August, Richardson, otherwise known as Suitman, staged a 197.1-second photo at the corner of King and Bay streets of 20-plus people meditating, wearing trim-fitting black suits sitting cross-legged, hands clasped in their laps. The not-quite three-and-a-half minute time frame is based on the Black-Scholes formula, a mathematical model of a financial market containing certain derivative investment instruments. The year, 1971, is when the Black Scholes equation was approximately born.
“The idea was to create these photos I could incorporate into some of my work,” said Richardson in an interview with The Villager. “I’m debuting some of those pieces on Thursday.”
Richardson says he’s particularly drawn to combining finance and religious imagery in his art. The clothing line features original works of art, screen printed onto organic material, which Richardson has cut out. The women who are part of Sistering’s sewing program are sewing the art onto articles of clothing, including hoodies and hooded dress shirts from Green Shag, where the exhibit is taking place from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30.
“Green Shag has also produced enamel raised ‘Suitman’ cufflinks,” said Richardson, who lived in the Junction Triangle for five years and then moved to the Junction a year ago. “Part of the idea (for the clothing line) is sustainable economics and economics that respect human rights.”
Richardson has been working on the line and accompanying art for the past three months. Like a print series of a painting, the clothing line is numbered and will have a very short run.
Green Shag is situated at 670 Queen St. W.
Visit www.joelrichardson.com for further details.