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Fordmania!: A selection of Rob Ford portraits Add to ...

The mayor will be hung in a Leslieville store tonight. Designer toy store Atomic Toybot is exhibiting artworks inspired by Rob Ford in a show called Fordmania!, which runs through April 23. Intended as a non-partisan event, the store will display 30 pieces, including illustrations, paintings and a work constructed from empty pizza boxes. Cory Bartlett, who owns the shop with his fiancée, the artist Maz, said some pieces were rejected for being too negative. "There were a couple where the innuendo was just too much. Kids come in this store," he said. "I don't want the show to be one huge insult." Mr. Bartlett said he issued the call for Ford-inspired pieces after noticing a "full-on artistic reaction" to the mayor's tenure, including a spike in politically themed street art. "The city is obsessed," he said. All of the pieces will be for sale, and the show will also feature a mural by the graffiti artist known as SPUD and the comic strip Ford Follies by illustrator David Parkins. The mayor has been invited, but may want to give it a miss.

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