TORONTO — Look at me. All of you. Now prepare yourselves for a shock.
If the thought of seeing a bullet-ridden portrait of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford upsets you, then you’ve come to the right place.
Toronto artist Viktor Mitic has a show entitled, POINT BLANK — Art or War, that opens Thursday at De Luca Fine Art.
The gallery will have Rob Ford neatly outlined in gunshots on display and the bullet holes are real. Not painted on.
The mayoral visage will be portrayed alongside Black and White Together, Forever, a portrait of the Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and his killer George Zimmerman. There will also be versions of Jesus, the Last Supper, Brad Pitt and Willem Dafoe.
Plenty of gunshots there, as well.
Not one represents the sorts of sensitive subjects you expect to find at a run-of-the-mill, contemporary art gallery (if there is such a thing anymore).
The logic here is different. Maybe it is just a touch mercenary.
In an age where street artists like Banksy — the pseudonymous London, England-based, artist, activist, graffitist and painter — can make millions from confronting images, the Yugoslav-born Canadian Viktor Mitic wants to be part of the action, too.