West Strand Art Gallery
Exhibition: NO JUSTICE!
Dates: Thursday, August 4, - Sunday, August 28, 2022
The West Strand Art Gallery in Kingston New York is pleased to present
NO JUSTICE! an exhibition of 11 large woodblock prints by the artists Rob Swainston and Zorawar Sidhu, a collaborative duo exploring the intersection of historical print processes with contemporary news media. 2020 was a tumultuous year between COVID and mass protests against racial injustice in a highly divided political atmosphere. During the summer much of Manhattan was boarded up with plywood. Swainston and Sidhu collected this conceptually charged material for a series of woodblock prints documenting a montage of events from the protests to the January 6th insurrection.
Contact: Sikena Khadija
Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston are a collaborative artists duo exploring the intersection of historical print processes with contemporary technologies. Their projects investigate the complexities of contemporary social issues, drawing from the history of print as the medium par excellence of social movements. They have exhibited together at Petzel Gallery, Five Myles, 601 ArtSpace, the Scully Tomasko Foundation, and Field Projects Gallery. Their work is in public and private collections including the Hall Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the Kupferstichkabinett Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, and the Syracuse University Art Museum. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Hyperallergic, Surface Magazine, The Coastal Post, The Great Fires, Konbini Arts, and Musée Magazine.
Zorawar Sidhu was born in 1985 in Ludhiana, India, and currently lives and works in New York City. With a background in art history and fine arts, his projects recreate art historical artifacts using contemporary technology and historical materials and techniques. He has exhibited projects with galleries and museums nationally, including exhibitions with among others, Five Myles, and the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Rob Swainston was born in 1970 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City. His work is informed by a dual academic background in political science and art. He is an Associate Professor at Purchase College and co-founder and Master Printer for Prints of Darkness. Rob has been awarded numerous residencies including Skowhegan, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Solo and group exhibitions include David Krut Projects, Bravin Lee Programs, Socrates Sculpture Park, Smack Mellon, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, IPCNY, Canada Gallery, Queens Museum, and the Bronx Museum. Rob was most recently the Ludwig Foundation Professor for Printmaking at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin for 2020–21.
More information about the project can be seen on Petzel Gallery's website: