REDEMPTIVE PORTRAITS OF THE HOMELESS
HOUSED IN A SACRED SPACE ON SKID ROW
DISPLAYED AS A GIFT OF DIGNITY & BEAUTY
Sacred Streets is a holistic integration of art and social engagement. The most recent display featured twelve portraits of individuals the artist met on Skid Row, drawn and etched with saint-like symbolism on reclaimed found objects. These portraits were housed in a temporary structure built by artists using discarded street materials. Sacred Streets was first exhibited for one week in the heart of Skid Row.
Sacred Streets will continue artistic engagement like this with other artists and diverse expressions on skid row and will work to bring this model to impoverished cities around the world.
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“I draw these portraits on reclaimed objects that have stories somewhat parallel to the people depicted—stories of being found again and renewed. And in the end, I’m interested in the possibility of re-imagining these people and this world in terms of a deep and pervasive sacredness.” —Jason Leith
“You can’t make either life or art, you have to work in the hole in between, which is undefined. That’s what makes the adventure of painting.” —Robert Rauschenberg