Toronto, Ontario / Mississauga, Ontario / Winnipeg, Manitoba / Baltimore, Maryland / Dubai, United Arab Emirates
La Carnita is a celebration of urban culture through food, drink, art & sound.
Starting at the John St location I began wheat pasting for La Carnita. It being their third - and largest location - we decided to take the wheat pasting to a new level with it progressing from randomized imagery to a composition with a more saturated approach. All of the wheat pasting at these three locations was executed on-site, with hundreds of curated images and countless gallons of glue.
La Carnita was the beginning of my relationship with Monarch & Misfits which carried over into my Sweet Jesus work.
Below; hand-chiseled relief sculpture into a parged brick wall. While the deep-chiseling was done with a 3lb. sledgehammer and chisel, the highlights were acheived by manually scraping the parged substrate with a flat chisel while using a non-penetrating clear coat to maintain the lighter tones.
Below; all of the wheat pasting at Yonge & Eglinton was designed to compositionally fit within each environment. In this part of the dining area I accounted for the black ceiling so the wheat pasting faded into the darkness using darker graphics and spray paint.
Below; at John St I wheat pasted up into the cathedral ceiling - eighteen feet up - and we incorporated neon lighting into the individual aspects to create an added emphasis on certain design elements within the composition.
Below; the main installation in Dubai measures 22 feet high and 26 feet wide.
Above; I designed the billboard application to blend into the nook on the right of the main wall, continuing wheat paste with repeated bandana patterns and a graffiti-embellished U-Haul truck resting on top of the banquette. I did not paint the floor stencil at this location.
Also pictured above is a rotating four-sided mural for patron interaction while maintaining the La Carnita brand. Two sides are colour and two sides are monotone with a quick nod to the speakeasy in the back called Cartel.
Below; at the La Carnita location at Square One Mall in Mississauga I designed and engineered a seamless floor pattern to cover a dining area and around the bar.
Above; commissioned drawing for La Carnita c/o Monarch & Misfits. This piece has branding elements form La Carnita worked into the composition including - but not limited to - the Blue Jay for Toronto, the logo mouth piece on the lady's right arm and the "GRINGO" tiles from the College St. location.