Monday, July 13, 2015

STREET ARTISTS PAINT TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO KALIEF BROWDER


Street artistsGilf! and Lmnopi collaborated on a new mural dedicated to Kalief Browder, the young Bronx man who was held for more than three years at Rikers Island without a trial and later committed suicide. The art was unveiled to the public in Soho on Saturday and included a Q&A with the curator, artists, Kalief’s family, and their lawyer.

Kalief’s portrait is painted with the delicate brush strokes that Lmnopi has used to depict victims of state violence and social justice champions. The background is constructed with Gilf’s rigid, geometric lines, which she has used to create abstract maze-like patterns in many of her recent works, only here they are used to depict the image of prison bars. The words “Demand Justice” – the title of the piece – are bent into the bars next to Kalief’s gaze.

“This is far more legible than my work often is,” Gilf told ANIMAL in a phone interview, “because I thought it was more important for the point to come through, to not be passive, to make a direct statement.” ---By Keegan Stephan

Read more here: http://m.animalnewyork.com/2015/street-artists-paint-touching-tribute-to-kalief-browder/

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