In “Mainlining Urban Art – DISTORT, Jay Walker and Leslie Friedman at Main Line Art Center,” Edward Epstein writes about the show at the Main Line Art Center and the urban “detour” this work took to get to the ‘burbs.
Epstein’s interpretation of the works is spot on.
Friedman explained to me that her use of tile as pavement for ramps was a nod to urban skateboarding culture, but what’s really urban about her work is its unabashed Jewishness. Loud colors and patterns paired with unsubtle reminders of anti-Semitism reference a time when Jews did live on the other side of City Avenue—and some people would have preferred that they stay there.
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