AShop is an artist collective specializing in urban arts, artistic event activations and muralism. The primary objective is to produce large scale public art that speaks and appeals to the population while communicating the artistic direction of each of the participating creatives. While each member of the group has a unique artistic journey, they come together through their passion for urban beautification. This cooperative spirit generates an exceptional artistic atmosphere, which is the basis of their creative process. Each project is approached as a custom collaboration between all members, from conceptualization to final execution, with everyone bringing their ideas, styles, techniques, and experience. It is this collaborative process that makes each tailor-made creation a direct expression of the members of the collective, and the result is innovative projects, dynamic, authentic and reflective of the community and context that they are presented within.
A superb solo piece by A’shop crew’s Dodo Ose, this mural is located on the corner of Hochelaga and Mousseau streets 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.