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Check Our Incredible Black History Month Exhibition

You are invited to experience Black History Month at Daniels Spectrum with a group art exhibition that explores past, present and future narratives of black consciousness in the African Diaspora through painting, photography, graphic arts, sculptures, audio and video works. We’re excited to present the show Through Generations for the month of February, featuring five local contemporary artists: Ato Seitu, Ella Cooper, Georgia Fullerton, Komi Olaf, and Mark “Kurupt” Stoddart. It also includes a collaborative display by the ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery and Zimbuktu Sculptures – Public Art Consultants, and a special installation brought to you by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Introducing…

A Jean-Michel Basquiat interactive installation, brought to you by the Art Gallery of Ontario and Daniels Spectrum.  One of the most acclaimed artists of our time, Basquiat was born in Brooklyn New York in 1960 to a Haitian father and mother of Puerto Rican descent.

Explore his art.  Create your own Basquiat inspired art card and become part of a city-wide art project – Now’s the Time for Basquiat.

Don’t miss our free opening reception on Wednesday, February 4 from 7 to 11 PM.

For exhibition open times, check our Hallway Galleries page.

Welcome, Class of 2015!

Welcome to the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program, Class of 2015! We’re happy to say that we’ve just selected our participants for this year’s program and will be sharing more news as our schedule of workshops, shows, group projects and mentoring continues. We’re excited to see what they do in the program. If it’s anything like last year, it will be sensational. Check this recap for a backstage look at ASYAMP in 2014!

Introducing our Interim Curator

Ashley McKenzie-Barnes is our new Interim Curator at Daniels Spectrum, and we’d like to offer her a warm welcome!

Ashley comes to us from The Remix Project as the Creative Arts Program Leader, and Manifesto as the Visual Art Director for the annual Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture. She’s also a practiced graphic designer with tons of experience under her belt. But her portfolio doesn’t stop there; she’s also a volunteer director of CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation).

Ashley will be working part-time at Daniels Spectrum for the next few months, focusing her efforts on the upcoming Black History Month exhibition (save the date: opening night is Feb 4!), the Feminist Art Conference exhibit and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Meet Benjamin Jovero: Janitor by Trade, Artist by Passion
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Exhibition at Daniels Spectrum, Project 2ron2, runs Dec 15 – Jan 25

On first glance, Benjamin Jovero’s sketches appear to be an ode to celebrity – deftly capturing the features and expressions of stars such as John Lennon and Bob Marley, but as I wandered through the gallery considering his selection of subjects, a theme became apparent. Each person portrayed in Jovero’s work has spoken out against poverty or for the environment, or has shown support for the arts or the LGBTQ community. These are Jovero’s “seraphs”.

Despite what many would consider a life of hardship, Jovero’s message could only be described as one of hope. He finds his inspiration from those who make a difference, who lend their voice and their celebrity to help the many causes that are dear to his heart. They aren’t all famous in the traditional sense, but to Jovero they are all stars. Among the portrayals of Jovero’s “angels of the highest order,” you’ll see Bono alongside the leaders at the Christian Resource Centre (CRC) and David Suzuki along with past resident of the Toronto Arts Council, Karen Tisch.

Sketches by Benjamin Jovero whose exhibition, Project 2ron2, runs Dec 15 – Jan 25

Jovero touched down in Toronto in 2008 after a decade in New York City and a life-time away from his roots in the Philippines. He found his home in Regent Park getting by as a janitor and later finding a home at 40 Oaks, an innovative affordable housing project of the CRC.

His custodial work provides materials and sometimes inspiration for his art. The second part of his exhibition is a kaleidoscope of colours and juxtaposed images on canvases of reclaimed particle board from the backs of disposed office furniture. The paintings, which represent his feelings about his background in the revolutionary movement in the Philippines, depict shadows of guns overlaid with Jovero’s symbols of peace, the emblems of the Red Cross, maple leaves and the oak leaf of the CRC.

He certainly has embraced his new identity as a Canadian. He speaks passionately about his local heroes and as I peruse the raw artwork he plays me ethereal Aboriginal music on a hand-made flute.

Jovero playing Aboriginal music on his hand-made flute.

When asked what his hopes are for this exhibition, Jovero says he would love for those depicted to come and see their own portraits. “They help (the arts and community), that’s the bottom line,” he says, “and for that I salute them.”

This is Jovero’s first exhibition. It will be free and open to the public at Daniels Spectrum in the 2nd floor Hallway Galleries from Dec. 15 – Jan 25.

Visit danielsspectrum.ca/hallway-galleries for hours and to learn about other upcoming exhibitions

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