Ashop x Lennox: #DegreesOfPerfect

#DegreesOfPerfect is a first-of-its-kind exhibition of art and engineering. The result of our unique collaboration with HVAC manufacturer Lennox Air. A revolutionary new approach to muralism that uses temperature reactant paint in order to offer a whole new layer of possibility for our artists.

 

For last year's #lennoxartproject we painted some murals that were animated using digital projections. The project was amazing, and by the end of it we were already brainstorming ideas for the 2016 campaign. Then during a creative brainstorm with Kyle from GSD&M (The firm in charge of #lennoxartproject) the Eureka moment happened. We would use thermochromic paint for our murals. A paint influenced by the very element that Lennox excels at controlling. However, it had never yet reached its full potential by being used in a fine arts context. The fit was perfect.

Using a new technology opened up a world of opportunity for us. We now had a chance to express a whole new dimension to our artwork. The element of duality and transition  really inspired the central theme for the project. We used this angle to create five transformative murals that represent the five pillars at Lennox: Purity, Solar, Adaptive, Quiet, and Balance. 

Purity by Dodo Ose

Quiet by 123 Klan

Solar by Zek One

Balance by Slick

Adaptive by Bacon

Eager to share our new scientific discovery with the fam, we invited 123 Klan and Bacon to join forces with A’shop Crew’s top dogs Zek One and Dodo Ose. From the getgo we knew we wanted to host the exposition in the hottest spot for street art, and L.A’s The Container Yard was the place to be. Because of this, it made sense for us to reach out to Slick from L.A in order to create a bridge between our two cities. Finding players that could understand and capture the potential behind this new approach to muralism was the key to creating artwork that could shift effortlessly from one image to another. With our dream team assembled, we got to work painting our five 8'x20' murals.

 

Next we had to tackle the technical aspects of the project. After weeks of laboratory work we figured out who were the best thermochromic paint suppliers for our particular needs, and which temperatures worked best. Since the climate in Montreal (where the murals were painted) is radically different from the climate in Los Angeles (where the artshow was happening) we needed Lennox to jump in and solve the tricky parts.

 

Building the temperature controlling structures on which the murals were installed, was quite the challenge. Everything had to be precisely calibrated for the morphing effect to take place. It required extensive electrical work at our workshop, a whole team of Lennox engineers, and some outside-of-the-box thinking. 

“First I asked Fluke what temperatures he needed, that was the most important thing.” Alain Savard, Founder and Owner of Climatisation BS – premier Lennox dealer, explains, “I took those two temperatures, and we calculated how much time it is going to take to make the panel react.”

From there, the team tested numerous frames and canvases—small at first, then progressively larger. “We put aluminum in the front and really good insulation in the front’ Alain explains. “We played with it a lot. I don’t know how many we made.

“The genius behind this,” Fluke explains, “was that Alain was able to give us a closed circuit, so we’re not wasting any energy. We’re actually recycling the same air over and over again, which is something I had not thought of. That’s where his expertise really came into place, he said, ‘We can’t waste this hot air or cold air; let’s recycle it."

Thanks to the expertise of the Lennox team we were able to create a closed circuit cooling/heating system that could morph our artwork every seven minutes.

 

With the equipment ready and the artwork complete, now all we needed was a way to showcase our creations. A’shop crew’s Ankh one and Jay Boivin created some awesome videos for the project, but we needed people to see these in person so they could really witness the magic firsthand. A launch party was organized at The Container Yard, and we booked the incredible Dj/producer Toro Y Moi to provide the soundscape. As well as being on the forefront of the L.A. music scene, he also has a background as an illustrator which made him the perfect fit to curate the music selection for our show. 
The launch was a huge success! We would like to thank everybody who came through and made this such a memorable event, as well as DoLa for organizing the party.

This one will go down in the books as our biggest Ashop party so far!

Party pic photo credits: Adam Thomas

Ashop puzzle piece - Audi R8

Ashop always rides with style, whether its gearing up to rock a 50 foot mural or painting a concept piece for a luxury client like Audi.

This commission canvas is a concept we like to call the ''puzzle piece'' (and thats a trademark folks so no copies!) It was executed in Victoria BC as a live performance during a dinner where Audi presented its new R8 model to their top clients. Created by Ankh One, the painting is a play on the signature R8 parallelogram logo. The total canvas measures 5'x6', but breaks down into 30 smaller pieces that were each presented as a gift to Audi's guests and clients. Each small canvas is hand signed, and adorned with the Audi R8 logo. Much attention was paid to the placement of elements on the canvas in order to have an interesting design on each separate piece. When put together, these designs take form and reveal bits of the R8, motor parts and a driver. 

 

 

 

 

 

A'shop Mural: Love Letters

"To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving"

This was but one of the many messages of love we recieved from our followers in the wake of this one-of a kind project. 

To mark the launch of the new SAQ Italian wine, Pasqua Rosso Veneto, we created the world's first "interactive" mural. It is located on the facade of a building on Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke and Prince Arthur.

The mural is inspired by the wine's label that showcases a part of the famous Verona wall where Romeo and Juliet would have first met. Each year, thousands of passerby's add messages of love to this wall, creating a chaotic graffiti mural expressing the deepest of human sentiment.

Likewise, we decided to let our followers express their own love messages through twitter and instagram. We selected the best ones to paint, along with some expressions of love taken from all languages of the world.

The final mural is an excersise in modern calligraphy, a true ode to Love Letters.

The mural was designed by Fluke, and executed with the help of Zek and Benny Wilding.

A special shoutout to our paint sponsor, Bombingscience, the boys at MURAL for helping us find the wall and Station 16 for hosting the launch.

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A'shop mural: Working Class Hero

A superb solo piece by A'shop crew's Dodo Ose, this mural is located on the corner of Hochelaga and Mousseau st. in Montreal. It was produced with the help of local organisations YQQ and Solidarité Mercier Est.

The mural is an ode to the spirit of the hard working proletarians that built Mercier-Est literally from the ground up. The industrial past of the area is reflected in the background with silhouettes of the cranes that peppered the shorebank's. The boat is also a nod to the now demolished Canadian Vickers shipyard, an industrial powerhouse that employed many of these working class heroes.
Using his famous transparency technique Dodo also overlayed 1907, the foundation date of Village Tétreaultville, now known as Mercier-Est. His central character dominates the scene while looking of to the distance; perhaps to a brighter future where generations will benefit from the economic prosperity that he and his counterparts built through blood, sweat and tears.

A special thanks to our partners in grind, Bombingscience without who this project could not have been possible.

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Vestiges Notre Dame Ouest

During the #VestigesNDO project our team spent three days painting a series of 12 murals inspired by the architecture and history of Old Montreal.

The paintings were then exposed to the public for one month on the facade of a building being renovated on St-Paul.

Ankh One

Two paintings by Dodo Ose

Earth Crusher

Three paintings by Benny Wilding

Fleo

Fonki

Hsix

Zek One

Lacey Jane and Layla Folkmann