Exhibition - Essential Services: 2020 Woodcuts

Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 1:00pm

FiveMyles Gallery
558 St Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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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. Woodcut is a medium of the people—a medium that gives expression to anti-authoritarian movements and facilitates the mass distribution of ideas. They return this plywood to the public to subvert the original intention of the wood to hide from the public and as artistic and political expression in solidarity with the protests


Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston are a collaborative art duo exploring the intersection of historical print processes and digital fabrication technology. Their projects investigate the complexities of contemporary social issues, drawing from the history of print as the medium par excellence of social movements.

Visit each artist’s website: zorawarsidhu.com and robswainston.com

Exhibition Date: March 6, 2021 - April 11, 2021

Location: Plus/Space at FiveMyles 

Social Distancing: 4 people will be allowed in the Plus/Space at a time when the rolling gate is closed.

Please wear a face mask to visit the gallery. Visitors without masks cannot be let inside. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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