Press Release  April 23, 2021

“Belchez” in Solo Exhibition Debut, Garage Sale: Ain’t Sh!t Gucci

Courtesy the artist and The Black Wallstreet Gallery.

Sean “Belchez” Cort, X Marts the Spot. 

New York, NY – In his debut, solo exhibition, Garage Sale: Ain’t Sh!t Gucci, Harlem-based Conceptual Artist, Sean “Belchez” Cort offers his perspective on the positioning of black and brown bodies as commodities, through the lens of an American garage sale.

Running through April 26, 2021, at the Black Wall Street Gallery in New York City, the exhibition will showcase Belchez’s signature technique of stenciling, screen printing, appliqué, and spray painting, on several, never before seen works. Each thought-provoking piece will depict the tactics used throughout time, to profit off of the labor, ideas, and goods produced by people of color. Bold imagery and signs, juxtaposed against Black historical figures, will be woven together throughout the show.

Courtesy the artist and The Black Wallstreet Gallery.

Sean “Belchez” Cort with artworks for his first solo exhibition, Garage Sale: Ain’t Sh!t Gucci.

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.

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