(b. 1980, Cleveland, Ohio; lives and works in New York, New York)
Pedlar, 2020. Acrylic and flashe on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Magenta Plains
I love the hand-painted signs of New York—they exude warmth and pride, signaling more than the services and products offered. In Pedlar, tools of different trades wait for the return of artisans to resume their craft. Pictured in isolation, these instruments call to mind bustling neighborhoods on pause, longing for the familiar.
Zach Bruder is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.