Since a series of protests that hit New York City in the wake of the George Floyd police killing, paintings that once covered boarded-up storefronts in Upper Manhattan amid the uprisings are now on display in a gallery setting.
The murals, painted by artist Ariel Klein and other locals from the Inwood section of Manhattan, will be shown at the “RISE UP” show at the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts from Oct. 7 – Nov. 11.
For Klein, the show is a visual representation of his reaction to recent outbursts of police brutality and the uprisings that followed in the streets.
“I see this work not only as art, more so, it is a gut reaction driven by a sense of urgency to respond to the slaughter of George Floyd,” he added. “The George Floyd protests in NY and elsewhere were silenced by a curfew set in place. This show aims to confront police brutality head on and fight against racism.”
Klein, a resident of the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts, is an accomplished visual artist and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art of Baltimore.
Rise Up was curated by Laurie Miles.
The gallery is open by appointment only.
Please contact Laurie Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Ariel Klein at 301-273-5627 to view the show.