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Art Shows

Baltimore, MD

April 26th-June Koffee Therapy Cafe. 6 E. Franklin St.

May 19th- Artist Hanging Out Artists Reception XS 1307 N. Charles St. 6p-10p

June 1st- Who Said What at Impact Hub Baltimore 10 E. North Ave. 7p-9p

June 4th- Who Said What at Creative CityScape 2810 Shirley Ave.

Philadelphia, PA

June 11th- Who Said What at West Park Arts Fest 4021 Parkside Ave.

Los Angeles, CA

July 2nd-Sept 30th- Tribal Cafe 1651 W. Temple St.

News

As I mentioned last month, many of you were asking for a way to support me through purchasing a piece of art from my Who Said What collection. I know have a way! You can purchase select Who Said What pieces from myFacebook Shop. Thank you again for your support!

If you have a minute, check out this amazing piece by The Displaced Nation featuring yours truly. Thank you to the good folks over at The Displaced Nation. It was an honor to be featured on their amazing blog.

Finally, as I’m sure you’ve already notice, I’ve redesigned the site! While you’re still able to easily navigate the site, I’ve some slight design changes to give it a more modern look.

Happy Birthday

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April was Terry Pratchett’s birthday. Learn more about this amazing individual here.

Just My Thoughts

Earlier this year, I spoke about my time in South Africa. I spoke about how it was a very transformative and enlightening experience. One of the biggest take aways from that experience is that social injustice is worldwide and it is often communities of color that suffer the worst at the hands of white oppressors.

April marks another transformative period not only in my life but in the city that I call home. Last year, thousands of Baltimore citizens, clergy and activists took to the streets to call for an end to the over-policing and police violence in communities of color. For much of 2014 and 2015, Baltimore was part of a massive outpouring of worldwide support for New York and Ferguson during their protests to combat police violence against people of color.

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In April of last year, following the murder of Freddie Gray at the hands of 6 Baltimore City police officers, Baltimore, along with the world, would once again mobilize to protest change and an end to this social injustice. I found myself at the center of what has been called by many the #BaltimoreUprising. While the media (both local and national) descended upon Baltimore to tell stories about “thugs,” “riots” and “looting,” there was a completely different narrative told by those of us peacefully marching and demonstrating.

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On the ground and in the center of it all, we understood that this uprising was about preventing the brutal treatment and over policing of people of color in cities like Baltimore. We understood that the so called “riots” were less about property damage and more about a people dismantling an unjust system. What started last year in Baltimore and continues today was a massive call for everyone to understand that #BlackLivesMatter.

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I am very happy to have been apart of this historical movement. Since last year, I have made some great connections and have come to know some amazing activists who continue the fight for justice and equality for all.

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The art up at Subeez in Vancouver

ART SHOWS

Before I get into my updates, I wanted to start of this post with a list of places where you can go to see my work being displayed. I want to sincerely thank each one of these companies and organizations for allowing me the opportunity to continue to share my work.

As I’ve mentioned before, “Who Said What” is a labor of extreme love and I am very pleased that my work is able to touch people. Be sure to support not only my work but these awesome venues!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Baltimore Academy of Illustration– 5710 Bellona Ave.

Hotel Brexton– 868 Park Ave.

Dundalk Youth Services Center– 2 N. Dundalk Ave, Dundalk, MD

Peace and a Cup of Joe– 713 W. Pratt St.

Sam’s Bagels– 915 Light St.

The Hope House– 4236 Pimlico Rd.

Tabba Tabba– 5308 Edmondson Ave, Catonsville, MD

Van Gough Cafe- 300 S. Ann St.

WYPR– 2216 N. Charles St.

 

WASHINGTON, DC

Impact Hub DC– 419 7th St. NW, 3rd Floor

 

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA

Impact Hub LA– 830 Traction Ave #3a.

Thanks again to the above organizations and companies. Keep your eyes open because I am in the process of scouting the next set of locations!

 

ART SHOP ON FACEBOOK

The new art shop on the Zerflin Facebook Page

The new art shop on the Zerflin Facebook Page

While most of my work can be purchased when I vend at different places, one of my wishes is to make my art available to more people. If you’ve wanted to own a piece of my work but you’re not able to get one of my shows, select pieces are available now via Facebook.

 

ART MISSING IN VANCOUVER

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I have a bit of sad news to report. Recently, we received news that 25 pieces of art that we loaned to a cafe in Vancouver went missing after the restaurant closed its doors last June. I have an excellent team working to piece together all of the facts and hopefully recover the missing pieces. Here is what we know so far:

-As I mentioned before, 25 pieces of art was loaned to Subeez Cafe in Vancouver in October of 2014. Reports surfaced in June of 2015 that Subeez had closed its doors for good. However, we were not notified by the owner or any other involved parties. It wasn’t until recently (earlier this month) that we discovered news of the closing. We attempted to reach out to the owner via email to confirm these reports, but to no avail.

– Multiple news articles report that the restaurant closed to unpaid rent and bills. In addition, the owner, Ali Beach, failed to pay employees before closing its doors. I believe that my art pieces may have been mistaken as assets and taken to settle the owner’s debts.

-We were able to confirmed with the owner of Per Se (the restaurant currently using the Subeez property) that my artwork was picked up by several collection agencies and auctioned off to help pay the debts that the old owners owed. Two collection companies and a Bailiff company was contacted but no one was reached during the initial contact.

-Last week, Absolute Bailiffs returned our calls and messages. One of their representatives informed us that the artwork was sold as part of a package deal that included the kitchen equipment left in the building. That package went to the owner of Per Se, the restaurant currently in the space and the same owner that told us the artwork was picked up by the collection agency.

As of now, we are not sure if we will be able to recover the artwork or be compensated from the auction. We are in the process of obtaining the records of sale and examining all of our options. Of course, I will keep you posted on the latest developments in this story.

I cannot close this without thanking my new assistant Amanda Aragon. Amanda has worked tirelessly tracking down all parties involved. She has reached out to many sources and has followed every possible lead to get us to where we are today in trying to recover my artwork. Thank you Amanda!

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Emily Dickinson once said, "The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." This year, that's exactly what I plan to do. I want to leave myself open to welcome truly wonderful experiences and have them translate into moving works of art. This past January, I had an opportunity to welcome a truly ecstatic experience.

946463_10156377656455247_4856506157817526655_nFor three weeks, I traveled the beautiful country of South Africa. From soaking in the beautiful landscape, enjoying its amazing wildlife and learning from its rich history, my time in South Africa changed me in ways that I am still trying to process.

12401840_10156355229315247_3477572249183666884_oPerhaps one of the biggest changes came from learning more about the lives of Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko. While I am familiar with their tireless work to empower South Africa's black population and the many sacrifices they made to end apartheid, it was powerful to learn more about them as human beings. To travel the town where they lived, to experiences Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 years, really helped to broaden my understanding of these great men.

12548860_10156376154990247_5414904399309644658_nAnother experience that I really enjoyed was seeing the evolution of art in South Africa. Most of the times, art seems to be created for the sake of art, which as a graphic designer, I've always had trouble with. Art is created to be subjectively studied, critiqued and analyzed. What I found in South Africa was that many artists used their skills to create art that was based on social justice and change. Some artists even gave up making arts for arts sake altogether, becoming full-on activists through their art.

I believe this has to be my evolution. I am extremely proud of "Who Said What." I believe this collection has afforded me some wonderful opportunities and it spark conversation all across the country. However, there is so much unrest in this country and there is a lot of change needed. My art MUST reflect and speak of the times. There are some old and new ideas that came about because of my trip, so get ready!

Needless to say, 2016 has been a great year so far!

New Videos

This video is the final un-commissioned piece in my Who Said What series. Malcolm X is a polarizing and misunderstood figure in the struggle for civil and equal rights for African-Americans. The quote used in this piece comes from a 1964 speech at the founding rally for the Organization of Afro-American Unity. The "by any means necessary" excerpt from this speech became the last major quote before his 1965 assassination and would define how his philosophy was understood.

"We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary."

 

 


 

 

Six years ago, Brightline Interactive asked me to create a logo for their "Remember The Miners" campaign. One of the many things created was a hankie using the image of WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins. Years later, Brightline Interactive needed another drawing of Bob Huggins and they asked me to create this new drawing. This video shows the process I used to create the new drawing. I was pleased to be part of this project six years ago and I am pleased to be part of this project today.

Commissioned Pieces

After participating in a number of protests and rallies last year against police brutality last spring, I began looking for more ways to get involved on the ground inn Baltimore. 300 Men March was an organization whose simple mission is to decrease community violence.

I was honored to have two pieces commissioned for my 300 Men March brothers. This first piece was commissioned by Osaretin Obaseki for his girlfriend on her birthday.

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Seeing the work that was done for Osa, this next piece was commissioned by my brother David capturing he and his wife LaToya on their wedding day. 10399334_10153772416863917_3030823475735448961_n

Very happy to serve with both of these men and it was an extreme pleasure to work on each of these pieces.

Art Events

February (Happy Black History Month!)

25th- Art Hanging Out Artist Reception at Hotel Brexton: 868 Park Ave. Baltimore, MD

26th- 9:30p No Shackles with M1 of Dead Prez at Red Maple: 930 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD

28th- 7:30p Tariq Touré: Black Seeds Book Release at Red Emmas: 30 W North Ave Baltimore, MD

March

4th- 6p D. Watkins hosts Poet Tariq Touré at Impact Hub: 10 E North Ave, Ste 5, Baltimore, MD

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Art Shows

Baltimore, MD

April 26th-June Koffee Therapy Cafe. 6 E. Franklin St.

May 19th- Artist Hanging Out Artists Reception XS 1307 N. Charles St. 6p-10p

June 1st- Who Said What at Impact Hub Baltimore 10 E. North Ave. 7p-9p

June 4th- Who Said What at Creative CityScape 2810 Shirley Ave.

Philadelphia, PA

June 11th- Who Said What at West Park Arts Fest 4021 Parkside Ave.

Los Angeles, CA

July 2nd-Sept 30th- Tribal Cafe 1651 W. Temple St.

News

As I mentioned last month, many of you were asking for a way to support me through purchasing a piece of art from my Who Said What collection. I know have a way! You can purchase select Who Said What pieces from myFacebook Shop. Thank you again for your support!

If you have a minute, check out this amazing piece by The Displaced Nation featuring yours truly. Thank you to the good folks over at The Displaced Nation. It was an honor to be featured on their amazing blog.

Finally, as I’m sure you’ve already notice, I’ve redesigned the site! While you’re still able to easily navigate the site, I’ve some slight design changes to give it a more modern look.

Happy Birthday

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April was Terry Pratchett’s birthday. Learn more about this amazing individual here.

Just My Thoughts

Earlier this year, I spoke about my time in South Africa. I spoke about how it was a very transformative and enlightening experience. One of the biggest take aways from that experience is that social injustice is worldwide and it is often communities of color that suffer the worst at the hands of white oppressors.

April marks another transformative period not only in my life but in the city that I call home. Last year, thousands of Baltimore citizens, clergy and activists took to the streets to call for an end to the over-policing and police violence in communities of color. For much of 2014 and 2015, Baltimore was part of a massive outpouring of worldwide support for New York and Ferguson during their protests to combat police violence against people of color.

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In April of last year, following the murder of Freddie Gray at the hands of 6 Baltimore City police officers, Baltimore, along with the world, would once again mobilize to protest change and an end to this social injustice. I found myself at the center of what has been called by many the #BaltimoreUprising. While the media (both local and national) descended upon Baltimore to tell stories about “thugs,” “riots” and “looting,” there was a completely different narrative told by those of us peacefully marching and demonstrating.

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On the ground and in the center of it all, we understood that this uprising was about preventing the brutal treatment and over policing of people of color in cities like Baltimore. We understood that the so called “riots” were less about property damage and more about a people dismantling an unjust system. What started last year in Baltimore and continues today was a massive call for everyone to understand that #BlackLivesMatter.

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I am very happy to have been apart of this historical movement. Since last year, I have made some great connections and have come to know some amazing activists who continue the fight for justice and equality for all.

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Benjamin Jancewicz
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Current Residence: .:| Gaithersburg, Maryland |:.
Favourite genre of music: .:| Jazz & R&B Soul |:.
Favourite photographer: .:| Rubarb & Jazphoto |:.
Favourite style of art: .:| Vector & Photography |:.
Operating System: .:| A good heart & a bright mind |:.
Shell of choice: .:| the one that breaks when you touch the soul |:.
Skin of choice: .:| Chocolate Mahogany Almond |:.
Favourite cartoon character: .:| The Iron Giant |:.
Personal Quote: Laughter breathed to Admiration, this is Friendship. Adoration breathed to Friendship, this is Love.
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Hi :wave:

are you a biker or pillion? Please come join :iconbikerstakepics:

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I run Capitol-Deviants and we're having a devmeet near Baltimore the 8th of Dec. Please check my page and see if you'd like to come. This meet is for people to turn their Xmas cards over to me and I'll send them into DA for the Xmas card program. My journal will have the latest updates and location by this weekend.
This is not spam. haha
It's a legitimate devmeet. :D
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Thank you so much for the :+fav:s!
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You're very welcome. They are well deserved. :)
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I've featured your photo here [link]

Please let me know if you would like me to remove it.

Thanks

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Remove it?? You're kidding, right? :) Thanks for the honour. :)
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Thanks!
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hey thx man for ur amazing support and checking ma gallery out!! :D
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No problemo. :)
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thank you for :+fav: And the wow comment;) Have a nice day:D sending some love from Norway!!!
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