July 8- 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday July 8, 7-11 PM
Closing Reception: July 30th, 6-10pm
Jabari “Elicser” Elliot is an infamous Toronto street artist, whose works can be seen on walls across the city. Born in Montreal and raised in the West Indies, Elicser settled in Toronto, and attended Sheridan College for Animation. He has won critical acclaim for his style, and has shown his works in several prominent galleries including the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as having a featured installation at the Royal Ontario Museum.
In 2012 Elicser released a limited edition book titled Know Love, portraying children’s views on love through a series of hand drawn illustrations, and which sold out at its launch at LE Gallery. In the same year, he was named “Best Local Graffiti Artist” by NOW Magazine. He has been published in many newspapers and blogs, and was most recently featured in a Toronto Star article for a graffiti workshop he taught to students of Central Technical School, in conjunction with the 2016 TD Jazz Festival.
His influence on the cityscape of Toronto cannot be put lightly: from the legendary “Hug Me” Tree of Queen Street West, to the traffic signal boxes he has beautified as part of the StArt “Out of the Box” initiative, to his innumerable wall murals that can be spotted in both indoor and outdoor spaces across the GTA. His work is at once recognizable, and connectable, portraying the multitude of faces and bodies that make up this city, positioned alongside an ever-impending collection of towers and skyscrapers . His work has the ability to conjure distinct and yet relatable characters – all of them sharing similar stylistic traits while still representing unique individuals, and cumulatively comprising a cross section of this city’s diverse faces.
Elicser takes over Project Gallery Studios with his show Prosopagnosia. A word originating from Latin, meaning “an inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, usually as a result to damage in the brain”, the series is a direct comment on the result of living in a big city, inundated by thousands of faces daily. In the context of his work, the subject matter becomes even more provocative, as he explores what this means in relation to his artistic process.