October 06, 2011 (Toronto, ON) – Rob Elliott’s Shanghai Scooters will be exhibited for one weekend only in Swizzle Studio’s storefront space in Toronto. These 20 ink-and-goauche drawings depict the joy and hardship of daily life riding the streets of Shanghai. The popular Rocking Scooter will also be available for gentle riding.
“Upon visiting Shanghai in 2009, I was immediately impressed by the way traffic flowed,” says Rob Elliott. “Cars, scooters, trikes, bicycles and pedestrians weaved through the packed city streets with little regard for signals or rules. Yet everyone seemed to get where they were going in one piece.”
“I was also fascinated with how scooters and bicycles were used as real machines: carrying massive loads of recycling, delivering precarious towers of goods, or ferrying an entire family.”
Elliott took hundreds of traffic photos with a plan to do something with the images at a later date. Shanghai Scooters is the resulting project, 20 drawings of the city’s vehicles and their riders.
Exhibition preview HERE.
Opening reception: Friday, October 21, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Exhibition continues: Saturday, October 22, Noon to 5 p.m.
Other times by appointment.
1944 Davenport Road (west of Lansdowne)
Toronto, ON, M6N 1C2