Art Works! is an online tv show parodying the beloved ‘90s British children’s television series Art Attack to humorously share the process of socially innovative Canadian artists working today. Created by Toronto-based art collective Madeleine Co. in partnership with OCAD University, and hosted by Toronto comedian and Second City performer Brandon Hackett, the project features artists Allyson Mitchell, Sean Martindale, and Dana Prieto showcasing their artworks.
Art Works! mixes the wholesome cheesiness of Art Attack with the surreal comedy of Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The show’s host, Toronto comedian and Second City performer Brandon Hackett, plays “The Head,” a talking sculpture who introduces the three featured artists and their friendly how-to guides on bringing artistic ideas to life. The video also features OCAD U students and alumni who discuss their processes.
Artist and designer Sean Martindale, whose art interventions activate public spaces to encourage social engagement, shows us how to turn a city wall of poster ads into a garden of beautiful “Poster Pocket Plants”
Artist Dana Prieto bakes a unique batch of cupcakes to represent her complex cultural identity and "mestizaje", a spanish word for the process of mixing ancestries.
Watch the artists in action at www.artworks-show.com. Art Works! is commissioned by the Impact Collective www.impactcollective.ca, OCAD University’s art & design social innovation project. You can access images and gifs here.
Madeleine Co. is a Toronto-based art collective reimagining social issues through experiential storytelling and multimedia art. Projects include: Climate Talks commissioned by the Ryerson Image Centre, Creative Catalyst symposium on art and social change, internationally touring walking performance These are the People in Your Neighbourhood, and Let's Imagine Canada's Future commissioned by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Madeleine Co. has been featured in festivals such as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Luminato, and Art of the Danforth. Learn more about past projects at www.madeleineco.com