Whether you call them “kicks” or “sneaks,” the sneaker is clearly a cultural phenomenon and now BronxArtSpace is paying homage to the popular footwear in an exhibit opening Friday titled “Bronx Soles.”
“The sneaker is such an icon and has so much of a relationship to a culture that’s related to the Bronx,” said curator Linda Cunningham.
The Mott Haven gallery show features sculptures, photographs and paintings by four Bronx artists, each with their own twist that elevates sneakers into art.
Artist André Trenier started drawing on sneakers in high school. “I’ve always had a healthy, or unhealthy, obsession with sneakers,” he laughed. Trenier is showing about 15 pairs of sneakers, three paintings and a sculpture. His portraits on sneakers range from rapper Tupac Shakur to Latin great Tito Puente to imagery of money.
“I just go with what I feel,” said Trenier, who is exhibiting with Jason Shaw.
“I just want raise some awareness about what we’re spending our money on and worshipping,” Gallegos said.
“Bronx Soles” runs through March 23 at BronxArtSpace, 305 E. 140th St. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Call (718) 401-8144.