Essential Services: 2020 Woodcuts
Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston
On view: March 6 – April 11, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 6 – 8pm
As largely peaceful protestors filled the streets of cities around the world in response to the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, among others, many of Manhattan’s retail storefronts and institutions boarded up their windows with plywood. Much of this plywood became the surface for graffiti expressing solidarity with the protest movements. As institutions began to take these physical barriers down, Sidhu and Swainston rescued this conceptually charged material for multi-color woodcut prints. The images are carvings of the protests which incorporate the graffiti remnants left on the plywood.