HOME : PHOTOGRAPHS BY JON BLAK Feb 01 – 28
PRESENTED WITH THE GLADSTONE HOTEL AS PART OF TD THEN & NOW SERIES 2014
Home presents photographs by Jon Blak that explore Caribbean Canadian history, culture, art and music with a particular focus on youth culture. Toronto-based photographer Jon Blak works as an artist and educational outreach mentor. Much of his work addresses racism, stereotypes, and role-modelling for young people. Blak’s images reflect the changing contemporary cultural milieu in both Jamaica and Canada as he examines issues around class, race and cultural production to celebrate the impact of community. Home will include an interactive installation, and a short documentary film by Matthew Mulholland.
Curated by Kenneth Montague, director of Wedge Curatorial Projects.
EVENTS & PROGRAMMING
Saturday, February 1 | 10pm – 1am | Ballroom
After the opening reception, local DJ crews will spin both new and classic Jamaican music in a spontaneous
display of dance and culture. The evening will provide a forum for cross-cultural dialogue.
Sunday, February 2 | 2-5pm | Ballroom
The panel will explore the impact of Caribbean Canadian art practices. We will refect on the presence and
influence of Jamaican music in contemporary art, design and fashion. Moderated by Wedge director Kenneth
Montague, participants are to be confirmed.
Exhibition Tour & Film Screening
Sunday, February 9 | 12-2pm | 2nd floor Gallery
A guest docent will host an exhibition tour, followed by a film screening. The film will explore themes of art,
music, culture and identity.
Artist-lead Community Project
Sunday, February 23 | 12-2pm
Gladstone Hotel & Daniels Spectrum Artscape in Regent Park
This project will be in partnership with Daniels Spectrum Regent Park. Jon Blak will facilitate a community
project, to engage audience of all ages.
All events will be free admission.
Come for the art, and stay for the day. The Gladstone Hotel offers Wedge patrons a 10% discount on meals in
the cafe or room stays in the hotel during the month of February. Just mention Wedge when you’re booking a
room or ordering!
For further information and high resolution images, contact Wedge exhibitions coordinator Maria Kanellopoulos
at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Britt Welter-Nolan, Managing Director of Artistic Projects at
416.531.4635 ext.7105 or email@example.com.