At the end of April greyscale paintings of a cross-section of Brooklyn’s essential workers began to appear at Domino Park, near South 4th Street. Since then more have been added, and during the five weeks this exhibit will be on display a 60-plus portraits will populate this exhibit. 11 artists from Los Muralistas de El Puente will contribute to this exhibit titled Essentially Brooklyn.
Joe Matunis of Los Muralistas de El Puente said in his artists’ statement, “Essentially Brooklyn seeks to identify and honor people of our Brooklyn community who are doing good things, large and small, every day to make life better, and keep us safer, healthier and happier during the COVID-19 crisis. Many, but not all, of the people portrayed in this project are on the official list of essential workers, but we believe everyone is essential and have set out to highlight the many good things people are doing during this crisis.”
The people behind the portraits were interviewed by the 11 artists/members of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn Mural collective Los Muralistas de El Puente, and their stories and statements about their work during COVID 19 are part of the paintings.
You can see the exhibit at Domino Park, 300 Kent Avenue near South 4th Street by River Street throughout the month of May. Paintings continuously will be added during the exhibit’s run.