Grassroots Art + Activism, curated by Joe Milo
Featuring: Alan King, Bibiana Medkova, Curtis Andrews, Jazzminh Moore, Maria Uroos, Marianna Peragallo, Niki Singleton, Stephen Faillace.
ArtHelix Gallery, 289 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
January 14th – February 5th, 2017
SHIM and ArtHelix Gallery are pleased to announce BOOTSTRAPS, a group exhibition project curated by Joe Milo that brings together artworks and protest ephemera. The title derives from the common saying “to pick oneself up by the bootstraps,” meaning to rise and succeed despite little resources or assistance. The show functions as a call to action, both to the public to contribute their protest messages, and to artists to express their views creatively. In doing so, it is an encouragement to stand tall against the recent political decisions and to foster a space that is an inclusive and safe environment to voice your concerns.
Hosted in the back gallery space, the show is a collection of protest signs
in addition to showcasing artwork with relevant political themes. Launching a week before Inauguration Day, this project invites the public to build a wall and contribute messages throughout the duration of the show. The surrounding exhibition is a culmination of artists with different artistic approaches advocating various concerns. All of these works express a political energy that is in tune with current frustrations regarding global and national issues.
BOOTSTRAPS features work such as “The Remembrance Archive,” a collection of 118 hand drawn portraits of victims of hate crimes and police brutalities. Utilizing expressive text from the series “The Jolly Queer,” the work of Bibiana Medkova addresses the discrimination and struggles of being a Queer person. Other work, such as the political cartoons of Curtis Andrews, take a more humorous and lighthearted approach while addressing public figures in politics. The activist energy of the show is exemplified in the art of Niki Singleton, whose expressive mixed media work references the protest culture arising in a society that is in political turmoil.
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