Explore & Discover Rocky Dobey’s Street Art Works

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University

Rocky Dobey (street artwork). Photo by Haven Hughes

Guided Walk with Rocky Dobey

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, Toronto (meeting location for start of walk)
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Led by exhibition power artist, Rocky Dobey, participants embark on a guided walk to discover and learn about many of Dobey’s public artworks on the streets of Toronto. His works bring crucial focus to societal and civic concerns, including justice reform, globalization, neighborhood gentrification, Indigenous sovereignty, drug rehabilitation, and homelessness.

Participants will meet at Onsite Gallery, learn about his artworks in the power exhibition and walk up McCaul St., through Chinatown and into Kensington Market. Please arrive on time or you will miss this incredible opportunity.

Please connect with Onsite Gallery team at onsite@ocadu.ca for accommodation needs.

Rocky Dobey. Photo by Dean Tomlinson Photography

About Rocky Dobey

Rocky Dobey (he/him) has been installing street art in Toronto and other Canadian cities for five decades, beginning with xeroxed posters in the mid-1970s and numerous anonymous agitprop billboards, concrete sculptures, lacquered books, and political plaques in the ’80s and ’90s. He has been bolting etched copper memorial plaques to telephone poles throughout this time and making posters for Anti-Globalization, Reclaim the Streets, Prison Justice, Harm Reduction, and many more progressive political causes.

Over the past twenty years, Dobey has developed a more formal public practice of intaglio prints, copper sculptures, and more recently large etched works in copper, enhanced with porcelain paint, tar, and other materials. The new works address many of the same concerns as the early street art, but applied to a much larger scale, and use techniques derived from printmaking and sculptural traditions.

Onsite Gallery exhibitions ᐳᓛᖃᑎᒌᑦ (Pulaaqatigiit) and power are on view until May 18.

Onsite Gallery is generously supported by The Delaney Family.

About Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s flagship professional gallery, presents contemporary, Indigenous, and public art and design to advance knowledge creation and stimulate local and international conversations on the urgent issues of our time.

Gallery Hours
Wednesday: 12 to 7 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m.
Gallery admission and all events are free.

Onsite Gallery is an accessible venue with all-gender, single-user washrooms.
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About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

Contact Information:
Susan Jama
Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery

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