May 13

Stoboked: An Art Revolution

by Kait Kucy · 0 comments


If you are a Calgarian that is somewhat tapped into the arts community, you’ve likely seen or heard of Bad Portraits. Whether you’ve seen the portraits on tree grates on Stephen Avenue or your BFF has one as their profile photo, the portraits are out there. Thought up by local artist Mandy Stobo, her Bad Portrait series is a pure example of viral internet activity. stoboked3

Started up solely on Facebook, Stobo would create self-described bad portraits of friends when they posted a photo of themselves to her page. Soon enough, everyone wanted a bad portrait. Stobo started creating bad portraits of famous celebrities and musicians and sending them a scan via Twitter – gaining more exposure than ever, it was official that Bad Portraits had gone viral.


Before Bad Portraits, Stobo was always a practicing artist – the series just kind of spurred her into a new and exciting creative realm. Many amazing partnerships have come out of her series and most recently, she opened up a Flash Exhibition at Axis Contemporary Art entitled Stoboked. Running until May 20th, the show features her latest portraiture work in large scale. A big deal for this Top 40 under 40 artist, Stobo is successfully changing the way local folks look at art as a career which is super important in our city. Go see the show now – there ain’t nothing bad about it.


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