Nuit Blanche 2012

OMEN sign

Gary MacLeod's latest neon provocation, OMEN featured in the Street Art Showcase at Toronto's 2012 Nuit Blanche.

Concrete Canvases Showcase
featuring: Sheppard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash, Max Zorn, Uber5000, Andre Castro Duarte, D3N, Fabrizio Bianchini, Gary MacLeod, and Queen West Alley Artists.

Event gallery HERE

Saturday, September 29, Sunset to Sunrise

Joe Fresh, 589 Queen Street W., Toronto

World of Imposters

...more sign images...

MacLeod's second solo show at Propeller included recent works and rarely seen pieces. This intimate view of MacLeod's work was installed in the North Gallery.

Installation gallery HERE

February 29 to March 11, 2012

Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 984 Queen St. W., Toronto

upArt Contemporary Art Fair

Room 202

For the upArt studio exhibit, Gary MacLeod transformed a Victorian hotel room. MacLeod filled the room with free-standing sign sculptures and hung illuminated signs and digital images on the walls. This exhibit created a claustrophobic Cinerama of messages, an overwhelming space of visual chatter.

Installation gallery HERE

October 27 to October 20, 2011

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto


Ongoing street sign project

Since 2005, Gary MacLeod has been adding metal FREE signs to city lamp posts and street furniture. Designed to municipal standards, the signs blend in perfectly with their legitimate cousins and remain in place for years.

Installation gallery and video HERE

2005 - Present

Toronto and other cities


International sticker project

With Gary MacLeod's URGE sticker, the Burger King logo reduced to its consumptive base, has made its way across the world with the assistance of fellow artists and supporters.

Gallery HERE

2008 - Present

Toronto, New York City, Costa Rica, Shanghai and others

Anger Due To

Participatory sticker project

With Anger Due To, Gary Macleod gives the public the ability to talk back to site warning signs, those ubiquitous and half-hearted guardians of property.

Gallery HERE

2011 - Present


Participatory sticker project

With Instruction, Gary Macleod turns road construction signs into something more constructive.

Gallery HERE

2012 - Present

Nuit Blanche 2011

Free Totem

MacLeod rebuilt and expanded the Free Totem as part of the exhibition Intersecting Messages at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts.

Installation gallery HERE

October 1, 2011

Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 984 Queen St. W., Toronto

Street Art Showcase

Gary MacLeod was one of the eight featured artists who transformed David Pecaud Square for the first annual Street Art Showcase.

Installation gallery HERE

Toronto Star article HERE

Postcity article HERE

September 24, 2011

David Pecaut Square at Metro Hall, Toronto

Expect Delays

...more sign images...

For MacLeod, signs can be a curse or a blessing. They speak to us; he speaks back.

In the wake of several sign installations along Queen Street West, Gary MacLeod wrapped up 2010 with Expect Delays, a massive exhibition of illuminated signs, 3-D constructions and new digital photographs.

Installation gallery HERE

Installation video HERE

November 10 to 21, 2010

Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 984 Queen St. W., Toronto

Nuit Blanche 2010


MacLeod: "I am interested in the subliminal messages of advertising and have noticed how often those messages are about "LOVE". It reminds me of that childhood song: I love you, I love you NOPE!"

As a featured artist of the Gladstone Hotel's Fly By Night event, MacLeod mounted large neon signs in the windows of the hotel's Art Bar.

Event gallery and video HERE

October 2, 2010

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Under New Management

A Pop-Up Installation

Gary MacLeod's OPEN/NOPE was installed in the window of The New Management's faux storefront adjacent Trinity Bellwoods Park. Under New Management used the space for a summer of rotating installations featured the work of Bill Clarke, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Eric Glavin, Anthony Koutras, Catherine Lane, and Kelly Mark.

Toronto Star article HERE

July 6 to August 28, 2010

780 Queen Street West, Toronto

Images Festival

Open Flowers Super 8 film

MacLeod's film Open Flowers featured in the Toronto Images Festival's One Take Super 8 event.

Using only a single cartridge of Super 8, each film was shot, processed, and projected unaltered. No post-production was permitted; thus, the filmmakers saw their films for the first time with the audience at the premiere.

Watch video HERE

April 7, 2010
Polish Combatants Hall, 206 Beverley, Toronto

Fly Gallery

OPEN/NOPE installation

MacLeod: "Two signs blinking, a portrait where the eyes invite you in, then tell you to go away, they love you but hate you, really they tease you but never please you."

OPEN/NOPE was first installed in its ditych form in the window of Toronto's landmark storefront gallery, Fly.

Installation videos HERE

May 1 to 31, 2010

Fly Gallery, 1172 Queen St. W, Toronto

Gallery 1313 exhibit

Solo exhibition

The Gallery 1313 exhibit marked Gary MacLeod's re-emergence onto the art scene, and a new focus on constructed commercial signs and altered digital photography. The show saw the debut of his massive WAR-MART sign and the NOPE neon sign that has become a key piece of his art practice.


Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W., Toronto

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