Through Garage Sale, Belchez hopes to spark conversations surrounding the issues that have impacted people of color in America for centuries. “Marginalized groups have always been viewed as products and commodities for sale, and not as people,” said the artist. “And, even as ‘products,’ we’ve struggled to have ownership of our talent, services, and ideas. With this show, I hope to put this concept on full display.”
The exhibition is over ten years in the making for the Harlem-bred artist, who often draws from his experiences of growing up during the 1980s, to create works of art that speak to his culture and upbringing. Heavily influenced by street art, graffiti, and pop expressionism, which dominated the NYC art scene during his childhood, Belchez uses these elements in his art to create dialogue on issues that impact people of color today.